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boxing's avatar

How much will the total cost be to replace the complete evaporator unit (fan and coil) in a central air system?

Asked by boxing (1048points) August 12th, 2008

5T compressor, by the way.

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bodyhead's avatar

5 T, you’re looking at between 5 and 7 grand depending on the exact model of the system and the cost of installation. My neighbor just had this done. You might be able to get it for less but it’s probably going to be expensive any way you slice it.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

That’s a bit much just for the evaporator. It ran me about $550 for a 3 ton unit. The compressor and condensor coils are still holding up.

bodyhead's avatar

I’m sorry, I think I may have misread the question, my neighbor replaced the compressor and everything having to do with the outside unit. I’m sorry I just scanned the question and gave a quick answer. My price if for a full replacement of the full outside unit with a 5 ton cooling capacity.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Well, all I had to replace was the A-frame. Living in the Frozen North, it sits atop the furnace, inside the plenum, so it was a relative bargain. The compressor and condenser are still hanging in there (for now), but we only need it around 13 weeks out of the year.

mac316's avatar

Probably think between $750 AND $1,000. The answer resides with the contractor, ease of replacement and how busy the contractor is now!

boxing's avatar

then how the hell I get a quote for 4450 plus tax?! and the quote is from a reputable company with 20+ technicians and 25 years of history…new york labor perhaps? the fan and evaporator are in the attic, and I was told by someone else that the equipments’ cost is about 1000 or a little bit more.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

boxing, I’d get a few more quotes if I were you. We saved around $2 Grand by getting a half-dozen quotes on a new furnace. The old one was rotting out a couple of years ago and wouldn’t have lasted another winter. Fortunately, we did it in the early fall, before we went into the heating season, so no one had us over a barrel at that point. Maybe you should wait until the snow flies to get some more quotes on your unit.

boxing's avatar

yep, exactly, I am planning to get more quotes, and looks like I can hold out the remaining days of summer.

mac316's avatar

Sorry, boxing, I’m thinking in terms of component costs. Labor will be significant in the NY area. Probably take two men to get the old one out and the reverse for the new.
Beyond that, the unit must be recharged. If the outdoor unit has valves, not too long to re-charge.

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