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I was told that I need an A/C compressor (quoted $527.25), a dryer condenser (quoted $270.00), a "re-charge" (quoted $159.99)-- then, the labor as such: labor for compressor= @199; labor for dryer condensor = $152 for a GRAND TOTAL of $1243! This seems outrageous; am I correct?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Sheryl, You can always call around for another price quote, and sometimes you can save money by purchasing parts on your own, and requesting a facility to put them on and recharging your system. If your compressor was the reason for the failure, then yes, you should replace all these components. Shards of metal will circulate throughout the system, if you simply replace the compressor and charge the system you are not eliminating the shards of addition metal living in your closed loop A/C system. A. J. Valle

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Sheryl, Unfortunately A/C repair costs are expensive. Take a look at repairpal.com and see what they quote for a cost in your area. Now that you know what you need you can also call around for a better quote as well. That price is what a new install of an A/C system cost when I was working in a dealership 16 years ago. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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