How much does it cost to replace the outdoor part of a central AC unit?

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  1. MX2

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    I think its called the condensing unit? I think mine is broken:(
     
  2. Ronstang

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    Depends on size but it is likely to cost at least $2K depending on what part of the country you are located.
     
  3. olds

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    We paid $1800 2 years ago in CA
     
  4. MX2

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    Ugh....really?

    :(:(:(
     
  5. dartworth

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    if you do it yourself...depending on the size of the unit...

    $400 - $1000
     
  6. GuitarDaddy

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    Depends alot on the size and efficiancy

    A 2 1/2 ton (small) 10sear (not very efficiant) should run $800-1000 installed

    And they go up from there, for a high efficiancy unit for a larger house your probably more in the $2500-3500 range
     
  7. MX2

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    I am too little to do all that by myself:(
     
  8. MichaelD

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    Unfortunately, Ronstang's correct. :( Additionally, being that it's summertime (or almost depending on where you're at) expect a 40% "penalty fee" for needing AC during the summer. :roll:

    Go with whatever fixit company offers the best warranty in writing. You can't live w/o AC.
     
  9. dartworth

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    Just wanted to put the cost of the unit into perspective...

    why do you think it is dead?

     
  10. MX2

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    Last night it was sparking, so I shut it off until this morning when I could go out and see things better. I turned on the AC and the outdoor part didnt even come on:(
     
  11. GuitarDaddy

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    First thing you should do is have a repair guy look at it. Many times the compressor is frozen (stuck) and the repair guy can bump it a few times with higher voltage and it will free up and start working again.
     
  12. nakedfrog

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    You can't use a swamp cooler there?
     
  13. GuitarDaddy

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    Thats starting to sound like the fan motor, which is relatively cheap compared to replacing the compressor.

     
  14. MX2

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    Yeah, I am definitely doing that, but I just wanted to know what the damage on worst case scenario would be.

    I am spoiled with central air:( I gotta have it I tell you!:p
     
  15. MichaelD

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    Sparking = sorta bad thing.

    Sparking last night + won't turn on this morning + assorted bad smells = you need a new compressor and assorted shiny, expensive parts to go with it.
     
  16. dartworth

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    It may just be the breaker or a fuse in the disconnect box located on your house next to the unit.

    I would have a service man look at it and give you an estimate. Depending on the age of the unit and the damage, you may be better off just replacing it.

     
  17. MX2

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    Yeah, the unit as about 8 yrs old.
     
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    Wow...how big was the mouse....
     
  19. nakedfrog

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    I don't blame you :p
    Don't even have an option here, A/C or nothing.
     
  20. GuitarDaddy

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    Come on down to Texas! Here it's A/C or die:(

    And I ain't kidding, every summer we loose too many elderly because they can't pay their electric bill and try and tough it out with no A/C

     
  21. drnickriviera

    drnickriviera Platinum Member

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    I'm not sure if it's nationwide, but in my area, they are phasing out 10 SEER units. most sell 12 & 13 now. So more $$$

    How are you going to buy one without an EPA license?
     
  22. olds

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    It's 13 SEER here in CA as of the end of January.

    You need a license to buy freon, not the unit.


     
  23. nakedfrog

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    I think they're doing the same here, although I did manage to get a 10 SEER installed this year.
     
  24. pnad

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    I lucked out last time with a $25 part and a friend of the family HVAC tech. He told me you rarely need to replace the entire unit. The worst would be the compressor which for me would have been $400 plus labor.
     
  25. dartworth

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    You don't need a license to purchase a unit.

    However, I do have my license to purchase refrigerant.