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A/C Broken - $690 to repair reasonable?

My A/C recently stopped working. I brought it into a local auto repair shop and was told that my A/C compressor is leaking around the front seal. They want to replace:

Compressor
Receiver Dryer
Orifice Tube

Parts and Labor $690

Does this sound reasonable or should I call around?

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That actually sounds pretty reasonable
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A/C work is expensive no matter where you take it. Personally, I think that price is high. But then again I work for a repair shop, so I'm used to handling my own problems, A/C included, so my opinion probably doesnt matter here. Where ever you end up taking it, hang on to those receipts, because Air Conditioning is one of the biggest problems usually leading to a come back.
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I would get an second opinion, I always get an second opinion before I spend that kind of money on anything
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sounds reasonable but i would suggest getting a few more quotes.
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/C Broken - $690 to repair reasonable
That does sound reasonable. My mom got her AC worked on by a dealer in 00' when she was going through a divorce. Anyway, she paid $1500 + for them to do a simple recharge and fill.

The rate for labor is $75 - $100 AN HOUR. Check online for prices on the parts and then add labor. I don't think $690 sounds unreasonable at all. I know from experience I would pay a little more for quality work. I would be more concerned about the reputation of the shop than to save $50 bucks.

Good luck.
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Minimum of 3 quotes, and I avoid the "lowball" bid. Labor is expensive, this sounds ablut right, especially if you can't do it yourself.
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My parents knew a mechanic that they trust. $640 to replace with new A/C compressor, new receiver dryer, and new orifice tube. Works great now.

Now I just need to get the blower resitor pack because my fan only has two settings low and high.
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thats cheap. at my shop it would cost at least a grand!
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hell ya thats a good deal...i was quoted over 1300 dollars because i have five leaks throughout the system...so ya you came up good on that.
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That wasn't bad for what was done. I completely disagree with the multiple opinions idea though. When it's all said and done it's going to cost you more. No one is going to look at an A/C problem for free. Each time you get your truck diagnosed it's going to cost you say 90 dollars and they're still going to charge you that especially if they don't do the work. It's just delaying the inevitable. And if the compressor was coming apart I completely agree with replacing the dryer and orifice tube.
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