Coolant leak in window/room AC?

Old 05-07-08, 03:29 PM
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Coolant leak in window/room AC?

Hello all,

I've got a Maytag window air conditioner that has a coolant leak. I know this because I pulled the unit out of it's case and took it to a repair shop where they tested the pressure. The compressor and motor are good.

However, the fellow claimed that finding/repairing the leak was impossible. All he could do was replace the coil(s) which would cost more than the unit was worth. I think this is nonsense. This thing is only three years old and I believe it's just a leak - surely it's possible to have a leak repaired?

it's a 12500 BTU unit

Cheers, Duncan
Old 05-07-08, 04:53 PM
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Finding the leak is not impossible. But, it will take time. Time is money, so the cost of repairing the coil may not be much cheaper. Also, in my experience, a repaired coil will develop a new leak within a short time. Leaks are generally caused by corrosion, and several areas are likely to be weak. I believe replacing the coils is the proper way to repair this unit. In any case, repairs will no doubt exceed its market value. Perhaps a new a/c may be cheaper in the long run.

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