How Much Does an Air Conditioner Freon Leak Test Cost?
If you know you have a leak in your air conditioner, a contractor will more than likely run a leak test to determine where the leak is coming from. Most of the time, small leaks, known as champagne leaks to contractors, will form on the evaporator coil, which is usually the most common spot. This freon is a heated gas while in the coil and can leak from tinier holes. While it’s uncommon, the leak, which will be in the form of a liquid, can also happen on the outside of the unit. Regardless of the leak, it can be harmful to the environment and can do damage to the system is left untreated.
How much is it?
- The cost of just a freon leak test will be anywhere between $150 to $250. The costs really depend on the geographical location and company performing the job. If you want to get multiple exact quotes emailed to you in your area, consider using HomeAdvisor.com for free.
- The average leak detection and repair can vary greatly. Costs be as little as $250 to as high as $1,200+. The costs will depend on the type of repair that needs to be done.
What is going to be included?
- When a contractor performs a leak test, there are a few ways to go about it. The first way is by adding new refrigerant and seeing if this resolves the problem; however, this refrigerant will only be added if the system never had its refrigerant recharged before. Depending on the age of the system, the leak may be slow and may be able to hold into the new refrigerant. However, remember the leak will continue and may cause more damage in the future. If the system has been charged in the past or the leak isn’t small, a leak test will be performed.
- A technician will make a professional decision on site to see what best suits the situation and will usually ask you which route you will want to take.
- To find a leak on the outside, there are devices that run along the joints and coils that detect refrigerant that is outside of the system. Technicians can also put the air conditioner under a high-pressure nitrogen test, where the joints and coils are coated with soap bubbles to find leaks.
What are the extra costs?
- The leak test will do just that — detect the leak. Once the leak is found, the repair comes next at an additional cost. Some repairs can be done quickly, while some extreme repairs may require replacing the entire unit. Most leaks can be fixed for around $150 to $300, but if the spot is in a hard to reach place, the costs can be in the $1,000s.
Tips to know
- A freon leak can happen because of a few reasons: poor solder joints, damage done to any component inside the unit or poor manufacturing.
How can I save money?
- When hiring any contractor, be sure to get as many quotes as possible.