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Old 04-12-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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Did I get ripped off with my AC repair?

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Did I get ripped off? Here is what I was charged::

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- 40 for service call
- 65 to test for leak- TIF leak dtector (took five minutes and then said leak is from evaporator coil, so he won't touch it but he would spray leak stop spray for 120 bucks to try to stop the leak
- - 120 bucks to spray Leak seal into unit to "stop" leak
-- 80 bucks per pound of R-22 (he said he put 2 pounds)- 160 bucks
- 100 bucks - to replace AC Contactor- (the screw was stripped and rusted and he said that the screw cannot be purchased by itself and that I would have to buy new contactor.

- btw:: What is the normal PSI for the high and low?. Ac tech checked my unit and said it was low at 60 psi and that he needed to recharge it to 70 psi.- he said it will take 2 pounds- does this sound right?

so the total I paid is $485, did I get ripped off?.

- Goodman CKL30 1G--- 2.5tons


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Old 04-13-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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I would have been about 600 bucks for that call. Although I probably would have pin pointed the leak.

Also would have recommended changing out the evap coil instead of using leak seal.

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Old 04-13-2013, 12:58 AM   #3
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Ah, my bad, here's your real question.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:28 AM   #4
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Price no problem although he should have fixed the leak or replaced the evap coil. I would have never sprayed some sort of leak stop spray on it to stop the leak. Nothing works except the good old fashion right way. NO AS SEEN ON TV STUFF>
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:25 AM   #5
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agree with above comments ..price not to bad...why he did not fix the leak is beyond me....stop leak... wow... did he think its a radiator ben sr
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I would have talked with you about replacing that leaking evap coil and not used stop leak. Other than that the charges seem legit.
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hi, thanks for the responses... He said he could replace the evaporator coil but not repair it. He said the cost to replace the coil will be high, around 1200 bucks. I figured that price was too high, so chose the Stop Leak option.
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If the stop leak doesn't work. You still need a new coil.
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that stop leak is AWFUL in car ACs as it turns into a hard glass compound and will destroy shaft seals. hopefully it never gets into the TX valve and plugs it up. not a good idea to use but it is what it is.
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Yeah I just hope the leak spray will work, hope it will not cause any major problems down the line. My unit model number is Goodman CKL 30 1G, how many tons is my AC- is it 3 tons?

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Old 04-13-2013, 08:45 AM   #11
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2.5 tons.
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thanks.. Just wondering , how many pounds refrigerant (r22) will it require to fill the unit from dry. The evaporator coil is located on the attic of my 3 story townhome and the outside temp was at 80 degrees at time of filling. I am just trying to figure out if it was reasonable that 2pounds of refregierant was used to raise the low side PSI from 60 to 70pisi. Also for 2.5 ton AC is 70 psi the ideal temperature for the low side?
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Ideal pressure depends on temperature, indoor humidity and type of metering device. Rough guess is your system holds around 8 lbs with a 3 story line set.
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Look at the data tag on the outdoor unit. it should have a factory charge amount listed. That amount is for the condenser, the most commonly sold inf=door coil for that condenser, and 15 foot of line set.

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