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Old 07-16-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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Charged too much?

I have a Lennox A/C unit that was installed in 96 when the house was built. I had a tech come out and troubleshoot the system because it was not cooling properly and he said the coolant pressure was low and charged it with 2 1/2 lbs of R-22[I think]. He charged us $350.00, $80.00 for the service call and the rest for the cost of the R-22. I think it was excessive but he claimed that was their rate for that amount of coolant and we wanted it fixed ASAP with hot weather forcasted for the next several days. Did I get "ripped off" or was that the going rate?


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Old 07-16-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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Generically speaking,
10 samples chosen at random from this search should give you a pretty good idea of the going US rate. If the prices are all over the place you need more samples.

This site
will allow you to adjust your cost for your particular ZIPcode.


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Old 07-16-2010, 05:15 PM   #3
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It probably costs him $7 a pound, but it's all relative. More important, you should be thinking down the road about the what you are going to do in a few months when it leaks out again.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #4
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Around this area we would have charged you 78$ for labor and 10$ per pound, but every area has different going rates.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:48 PM   #5
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Here's another datapoint

"A 30 pound tank of R-22 is about $175 or $6 per pound as of 05-2010. This is actually about $1 less than R-410a, yet service companies will charge as much as $50 per pound to the consumer. There is no reason for this other than to encourage the consumer to purchase a new system. "
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Sounds like flat rate pricing. The labor to install the freon or part is in the price instead of x for material and Y for labor. We're more in line with hvacwiz pricing for now but flat rate is coming soon.
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:30 PM   #7
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You were only ripped off. If the price on the invoice was higher. then the price he gave you before the repair.

I would have cost more, just to tell you, that it was low on charge.

Alittle known thing. When you go to the gas station, and put gas in your car. The price you pay, IS NOT based on the price they paid for that gas.


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