Skip to comments.Compressor Heat Pump lobor cost?
Posted on 06/28/2010 3:48:02 PM PDT by navysealdad
I had a Carrier heat pump compressor replaced, it was was under warranty. The cost of the refrigerant replacement, vacuum system, ect and labor was $522, is that a reasonable price?
Yeah, reminded me of that old story Paul Harvey told every now and then.
Young couple complained that they were so poor, they couldn’t afford a crib for their baby girl.
She had to sleep in the box the VCR came in...
Did the warranty only cover parts? How many hours was the labor for and what did they charge in materials....afraid to say so, but in this weather, you probably got off light.
Only covered compressor.
The refrigerant is very expensive. I’d say you got a fair price.
Yes, that’s a very good price from my experience.
these HVAC warranties are more feel-good than real
I had a furnace heat exchanger with a 10 yr warranty crack after 7 years.
Basically they charge just about in labor on a warranty job what they would charge for parts + labor on a non warranty.
In my case I told them to stuff it and put in a new furnace of a different brand
Seems a bit high. The problem is the heat around most of the US is so high that they can charge more.
Heck, as long as you’re posting a vanity about this I’m going to piggyback on your thread. And no, I have no idea if that was a fair cost or not. It seems the labor is a biggie. That’s what I’m dreading tomorrow.
My side by side Whirlpool refrigerator died yesterday. Dang thing is only 6 years old. When I spoke with the repair guy today, he said, “It doesn’t sound good.”
Sorry to piggyback, I feel your pain as xClintoon would say. Just thought your thread would draw some tech folks. Thanks navysealdad!
I feel your pain...
I just replaced the fan motor in my air conditioner unit for $425 on Friday. I’m just glad it wasn’t my heat pump...
Doncha hate your fingers sometimes?
Are you cool now and is the wife happy?
If so I’d say it’s reasonable.
Well, f22 is 5.50 a lb. That’s pretty cheap stuff (I assume that’s what it would use) Probably less that 5 lbs of it would do. Actually they suck the old stuff out and recycle it. The drier is probably 40 bucks...
Crazy. I replaced the fan unit for my a/c last year for $80, I did all of the work.
Wife: No get someone out to fix it!
I called and Sears said they would fix it but there would be $60 service charge and a guy would be out in 4 days. We have a freezer and a small refrig so she said do it!
Sears guy arrives replaces the part, that I told my wife was the problem, and charges us $300+! He was here for about 20 min.
So we were charged for the part plus the $60 service call and about $200 labor.
See my post # 17
You might try and email the support department of the manufacturer of the heat pump and ask them what they think a warranty replacement should cost. They at least ought to be able to tell you the standard number of hours and estimated ounces/pounds of freon-whatever needed to change the compressor....it may take awhile to get back to them but I’m sure they will answer....just be persistent....best advice I can give you...
He has a carrier unit which likely uses r410a which is 7.56 per pound.
If you dont have to turn wrenches thats a fair price.
My wife is that way with her Tahoe.
One day her oil light came on, I told her I should get out and check the oil. She said, “no, let’s drive it to the dealer to see what’s wrong.”
I just shook my head.
Not after 12/31/2009!!!!
That’s a parts limited warranty. What’s the time it took to do the job? Sounds like >$125/hr, which is unreasonable.
Price sounds pretty high, especially if they reused the recovered refrigerant. If the refrigerant was contaminated by the failure of the compressor then you paid for all new refrigerant and the disposal of the old. Looks like R-22 sells for about $5.00/lb and R-410 for about $10.00/lb on ebay. I don’t know how much disposal costs.
Kind of a weird setup but lots of information. They talk about beer a lot, too.
That is interesting info as we did have a blip of a power outage on Saturday and noticed the problem Sunday morning. Hmmmmm....It’s definitely something I’ll bring up with the repairman. Thank you so much!
Beer and guy stuff. My husband will love it, after he’s done mowing the lawn with our neighbor’s mower.
We had a trifecta this weekend. His car got hail damage on the way home from work, the mower axle broke and the refrigerator died. Joy!
Think I’ll go get him a cold one...me too! LOL
Yeah, if the pump took a crap and let loose any particles into the system, then you have to purge the lines and clean them out (wouldn’t want anything getting stuck in the orifice or TXV valve), then fill the lines up with nitrogen when brazing the new pump in, then you have to pull a vacuum and let it sit for awhile to make sure there are no minute leaks. Then charge it and balance the system. $100 an hour probably, 3-4 hours plus misc. supplies. Doesn’t sound like the guy hosed at all.
You have to reclaim the refrigerant; purge the system with nitrogen gas, braze in a new compressor and new filter; pressure test the system and triple evacuate the system; put in new refrigerant and finally adjust the superheat of the system. You may even require a new power relay or other electrical component which may have caused the compressor to fail in the first place. I think your getting a good deal. “
You sir, get an A. Don’t forget, some compressors weigh in excess of 150 lbs. The unit cage can be as much as 5 ft. high. Save taking the whole think apart (additional labor), without a hoist or jack you have to pay at least two laborers to pull the old one out and drop in the new one. He definitely go a good deal! Certified Mechanical Contractor.
Or subcooling of the system.
Thats wholesale. You think a guy is going to sell R-22 for $5.50 off of his truck? I would more likely say $19.00 a pound. A dryer will cost about $12.00 from the wholesaler, so perhaps $22.00 off the truck. On a compressor change out nobody reuses the old stuff.
Unfortunately mine required some modification to the squirrel cage. The original motor was 5 inches in diameter and the new motor was 4 inches, so the mounting bracket needed to be modified. My system is about 25 yrs old and was a pain to get in to...
Not if there is a hole in the line going into the compressor. Which is exactly what will happen if my compressor goes.