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How much should labor for TXV replacement cost for a lennox heat pump in AZ?

Asked by grntwlkr (179points) December 31st, 2010

The TXV on my 2 year old lennox heat pump is stuck closed. causing the unit to frost up on one side. The unit is outside on the ground. The part itself is under warranty. How much should the labor cost and what does the labor involve. can they reuse the refrigerant that they pump out?


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alamo's avatar

Call several hvac contractors in your area and get the going rate in your area. It might even be worth it to get another contractor to come out and check the diagnoses. TXV valve failure is relatively rare. Around here,NC, i’ve heard of 65 to 85 dollars an hour. It might be more or less in your area Its pretty labor intensive. If the contractor has an empty recovery tank, he/she can recover your refrigerant to that container and put it back in when he is done. Also, he/she should install a filter drier on the freon line during the process. It is a filter installed on the freon line to remove contaminates and moisture.If the TXV is actully the problem, a possible cause is debris in the line from installation.The proper filter drier will filter out the contaminates too. If your system has 410A refrigerant, the filter drier is EXTREMELY important.
Also, call the manufacturer. They might have preferred contractors in your area for their equipment.

bpcallahan's avatar

I’m beginning to think Lennox products are garbage! I too live in AZ and have had a TXV fail on my system 3 times, (twice on the outside TXV, once on the inside), and it is only four years old! I’ve contacted the local Lennox Customer Service Rep, and he conveyed that they really don’t stand behind their products. They are willing to cover the part, (which is approx. $175), but the labor and freon is not covered, which the best quote I’ve received was $650! I personally will never own a Lennox product ever again! I am considering tearing the entire unit out and dumping it off through the regional offices front window!

Cdminter55's avatar

I have a Rheem Acheiver heat pump. I am having problems with it. I called a contractor today and he said the txv valve is bad. The charge was $104.00. It will take about 3 wks to get the part and was quoted a price of $575 – $600.

Tomahawk's avatar

I’m not sure about AZ, but I just had the company that installed my RUDD 4 ton heat pump in 2007, to check my unit (not cooling but heating ok). The repairman check the unit inside and outside and came to the conclusion that the TXV valve outside needs replacing. My unit is still under warranty (10 year compressor/5 year parts), and the part will be without charge. However, the labor is quoted at $602. That does not include the $129 I paid today for “Diagnostics” which I interpet to be labor. The TXV I need is ordered and will be available for installation tomorrow. SO…it cost roughluy $731 in my neck of the woods.

kayaman's avatar

Here in central cali labor cost b/t 60.00 – 85.00 an hour generally txv install would take about 3–4 hrs if done correctly and a bi-flow filter drier is essential to correct and prevent future problems as for the refrigerant recovery alamo504 is correct make sure your freon goes into a clean recovery tank as so it is not contaminated freon being put back into your unit knocking out your compressor in the future. that should bring your cost down with no added freon. a recovery charge, nitrogen, vacuum pump,torch ,biflow filter drier and labor oh ya cork tape towrap the sensing bulb and dont be afraid to watch the repair ive had good laughs with customers during repairs makes it easier to write the check knowing it was done properly take care

WantHeat's avatar

It is uncommon to have multiple TXV Failures. Because most refrigerants in modern Heat Pump and Air Conditioners use 410A, this uses a POE synthetic oil that is not compatible with the old R-22 systems that use a mineral oil base. Basically, the oil can separate, and lump into little globs of glue. Whenever possible, we recommend replacing both the indoor coil and refrigerant lines. If this is impractical, there is a power flush option. Although this is a little less expensive, the additional cost to make the installation all new will easily pay for itself in energy savings (and avoiding the additional cost of unnecessary repairs). At, we have a lot of great information about both service and repair, and installation options.

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