Air Conditioner trouble.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ryan42, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    My central air went out last night.The guy come out today and told me it was my aircondtioner compessor.He said it will cost me 1,200 dollars.Does anybody know if thats fair or not?
  2. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    How much to replace the hole unit for a more efficient one?

  3. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Get a couple more opinions. :)

    Compressors are expensive and have to be shipped by truck (no UPS, Fedex or Postal). A compressor for a drinking fountain can run 350 bucks. :eek:

    It's one of those things ya gotta have, so people hose ya for it. :mad:
  4. shorter260513

    shorter260513 New Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    the compressor will run pretty high then you have to think about the entire system need to be vacumed (remove all freon) the compressor replaced and recharged with new freon and oil I also would check into a new system if it is a fairly old unit if the compressor went out the fans could be next
  5. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2012
    mountains of wv.
    how old is it? if it is more than 10 yrs. old you should consider replacing the whole unit
    i had the same thing 5 years ago. i replaced our unit at a cost of $3000.
    just me but it seems high
    i might add that was the unit in the attic and the one outside
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  6. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    I bought my whole 5 ton unit with heater 6-7 years ago for about that price and spent another $600 having everything installed and that's in Los Angeles. I would get more estimates and think about a more efficient one if the seer rating is low.
  7. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    Call around. If you dont trust him call someone else. I charge upwards of $600 to $700 for a refrigerator. So for an AC unit, that sounds ok to me, but I don't do AC. I've done a few window AC units and they are a pain. Lots more work. So to me it sounds ok, but honestly I really don't know
  8. Awtoman

    Awtoman Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    From Michigan
    If the run capacitor is bad, the compressor will not run. $20 part plus labor, but you could change it yourself. What kind of compressor failure did he say you have?

  9. Awtoman

    Awtoman Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    From Michigan
    If the compressor is bad, that figure is in the ballpark.

  10. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    The capacitor is blown and he put a new one on it and the fan kicked right on but he said the compressor didnt come on.Its full of freon.He didnt tell me what kind of compressor failure it was.He wants me to turn it on my homeowners and say it was hit with lightining.I thought that sounded dishonest. This is the guy my dad called and sent out my dad uses him all the time. Although a few years ago my unit stopped on the inside and he came out looked at it and said I had a bad circuit board (It was burnt) without putting meters on it he said the whole thing was bad and wanted to turn it in on insurance.I ended up calling my wifes cousin and he came out put the meters on it and said just a bad board.I took him to a distributor and paid 90 bucks and it ran like a top.Bad thing is I would call the cousin again but hes dead.damnit
  11. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    WHOA!!! If you haven't already RUN and get another qualified person to look at this again!

    My central AC was put in 1988 and I still haven't replaced the compressor. Run/start capacitor, fan, that's about it....I also have HVAC protection (because I can not do it myself with my bad back and hip) and it cost me $0 for the repairs.

    "IF" your compressor is truly bad and older than 10 or 20 years I'd consider a new one....let us know if you got another opinion. ;)
  12. Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2012
    Ryan, my unit went out too. To replace the coil- $300+-. Upto 10 pounds of freon- $80 per pound. Total, OUCH! Can't do it. We have a window unit that is really helping! We would love to have the central air up and running, but it is big bucks.
  13. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    Im waiting on another guy.I hear ya iron eagle I put the window units in this morning.Im not letting it get me down I am taking a trip to bobskis friday and theres nothing gonna stop that for sure.Ill deal with it when I get back.
  14. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    As mentioned by others, if the old unit is approaching 10 years, price an entire new system. The SEER ratings are so much better these days, that you should see a positive impact on your electric bill.

    I have a 2 story 3000 sf home that I replaced the inside and outside (AC and Furnace) about 4 years ago for around $ 5K.

    The drop in my KWH was remarkable and the house keeps so much cooler.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
  15. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Do some shopping around before you decide on one guy. $1200 from one guy might only be $800 (or less) from some one else.

    My system went out in April and I had several estimates and the difference in prices was amazing, it ranged from $5200 to $6900 for pretty much the same service. I went with the $5200 deal from a fellow who only advertised by word of mouth and got a whole lot more, than the other places were offering, for a whole lot less. I had extra vents installed and another "return" put in my bedroom for that same $5200 and the other companies wanted $2000 on top of the complete unit installation.
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