I have 17 years old TRANE TTR042C100A0. Recently its performance went down quite a bit. Compressor is still kicking but the pressure difference in HI and LO is about 5psi (according to the guy who checked it), and the refrigerant seems to be ok. Looks like a call for a new comp. Here is when it gets interesting, all the quotes I'm getting from local shops is around $REMOVED to replace the compressor/filter/dryer, etc. (just bad enough too spook into ordering a new unit ;-). I understand there is a lot of work/equipment is involved, but with parts cost around $REMOVED what is that I'm paing $REMOVED for?
I've seen an ad from a guy in MD: REMOVED who does it at a reasonable price, is there some local freelancer to take the job?