central a/c madness
i could use some major league help. i live in new orleans...my 3 ton a/c unit has had a freon leak for some times...every couple years they come out..refill the freon and i'm happy for two years....until now. this time the guy comes out says the unit is totally out of freon...then says it will cost $350 for freon...labor not included...then tells me the valve where the freon goes is shot and needs to be replaced...$300 - $400. then goes on to say that the whole thing needs to be replaced since i have the old stuff and replacing the stuff in the attic would just add to the existing ocsts....i told him to leave. right now i am trying to survive with a 50 year old window unit.
assuming the old unit is shot..and i need to replace it...what is a reasonable price? it is 3 ton.
do i need to replace the furnace in the attic which is part of the a/c stuff up there? or do you just replace the a/c part of the attic equipment? if so...(afraid to ask)...how much is reasonable?
the first guy told me it would be between $5,000 to 10,000...after i woke up i told him that sounded outrageous and sent him on his way. now it is a matter of trust.....replace? try to repair? if replace, what am i looking at, money wise? there is advertisements in the paper for 3 ton for $3500 installed....now i don't know what this includes and am afraid to ask, at this point.
is there anyone that can possibly tell me what is a reasonable price for this? and again...if i do the a/c, do i have to also replace the heater as well?
thank you very much for anyone's time and advice. it is very much appreciated.