Condensor Leaks

Old 08-07-11, 03:18 AM
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Determined that my Lennox AC system had to have a leak after several Freon charges; using soap and water solution found a leak around one side of the condenser coil "elbows" in the outside unit. I've been told that such leaks can be repaired; is that true? If not, is there a place that I can replace JUST the coil? All other components of the "condenser unit" seem to be working OK (for a long as the Freon remains in the system).
Old 08-07-11, 05:37 AM
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an enterprising refrigeration tech will remove the refrigerant charge and carefully cut away the aluminum tube sheet and fins around the leaking area then braze the leak.

This is a very common place to leak and with care should be no problem to fix.
Old 08-07-11, 07:35 AM
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I will not repair those leaks. The reason why is that you typically find that after the repair there are more leaks in the system or have developed after the repair. Typical repair is around $1k anyway. Why try to repair...depending on how old the system is. Maybe it's in warranty.

As Greg stated this is a repair the requires an epa certified tech to repair if you go that route.
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Is it really cost $1k to braze that little hole ? ( including freon work even)
Old 08-07-11, 07:57 AM
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reclaim refrigerant, braze refrigerant with nitro, nitro pressure test system, pull vacuum, charge with virgin r22. And it all depends how accessible the leak is, how big it is, if there are no other leaks found during pressure test or vacuum. It could easily cost that much depending on the variables of the situation. I was quoting worst case scenario. But, yes it could cost up to $1K to repair.

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