Hello. I am really impressed with the knowledge many of you have on the site and am wondering if I can get some help.
Our home just survived hurricane Dennis (Florida) and it has been impossible to cool the home below 80 degrees. ARS the ("On time repair guys") came a day late and charged $324.00 to find a leak (10 min) and put 3lb freon in the system. They said the leak was with two king valves -- they want $604.00 to replace these.
My question is simple: I am wondering if I should have the repair done, or if I should get a new condenser unit. What other problems might there be?
My compressor (inside unit) is only two years old while my condenser outside unit is about 10 years old.
Also, do these prices represent fair market value? Should I go with the big company, or is there another way to find good help. I am out of the area now (in the military) and have to get the work done for the folks back home, so I can't interview people personally.