Ohh no!! Why does it always happen with me?? My Air Conditioner had to give up at the peak of summers?? Why is this AC not cooling?? It was working fine last summer, so suddenly what happened?? How much will it cost to repair my AC?? Should I buy a new AC or get this one repaired?? What should I do with my old AC?? What is the AC compressor price in India??
I faced all these questions when one of my Air Conditioners stopped working. And it has happened with me more than once. But I could not get the answers in one place and I had to talk to a lot of technicians and researched a lot on Google to find out if I should get my air conditioner repaired or just get a new one. You must be thinking that the easy answer is to get a new one, but trust me that may not be required always and we certainly don’t want to spend upwards of 30,000 rupees just like that. As a bonus I will also share what did I do when I faced these situations and what was the driving factor in my decisions.
In this article I have not just tried to give you a cost estimate but also explain to you whether it makes sense to really get it repaired or just get a new one. Plus there are links to costs of repair of air conditioners as per the different brands.
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Types Of AC Repair and Replacement Cost
Coolant Refilling Cost
One thing that most of us must have paid for is the Coolant Refilling in Air Conditioner Cost. Although the cost for coolant refilling is the same for most air conditioners, it can vary for different types of gas being used by different brands.
Another important fact related to these gases is the impact they have on Global Warming. People often attribute vehicles as the primary factor in causing Global Warming, but Air Conditioners have also played a major role in raising the Earth’s temperature.
But before my post changes from cost to global warming, let me tell you about the different coolant or refrigerants used these days and the cost associated with them. Without going into the history let me tell you these days the gases in use are R22, R32, R410 and R290. R290 is the most environmentally-friendly gases available these days but is used in only about 2% of the air conditioners.
On the external unit of your AC you will find a sticker or notation like R32 or R22, depicting the type of gas used. You can check that out and refer to the below table for the per Kg gas refilling price in India for different refrigerant gases.
|Type of Gas||Cost per Kg|
|R22 Gas Filling Charges||Rs. 800 per Kg|
|R32 Gas Filling Charges||Rs. 900 per Kg|
|R410 Gas Filling Charges||Rs. 900 per Kg|
|R290 Gas Filling Charges||Rs. 1000 per Kg|
Also to give you an idea on the quantity of gas required in air conditioners of different tonnage.
|AC Tonnage||Refrigerant Gas Requirement|
|1 Ton||1.0 Kg|
|1.5 Ton||1.2 Kg|
|2 Ton||1.5 Kg|
You can do the math now!! But do not forget to add the service or labour charges along with the cost of gas.
AC Compressor Price and Replacement Cost
Most of the AC brands are providing a 12 month warranty on the overall unit plus a 48 month warranty on the compressor. Which means the overall warranty on a compressor is 36 months. Still we expect our air conditioners to work for at least 5 years or more and if taken proper care this is not an unwanted ask.
In real life though, as soon as the warranty expires, our machines tend to break down. It seems that there is some software program written to make that happen. I know, I also often get entangled in that question. Anyways, if your AC compressor has broken down, then you can get it repaired or even replaced.
Factor To Consider
Before you go on deciding to repair or replace, you should consider what I am going to tell you now. Take action in below order and I can assure, you will not regret your decision:
- Call the brand’s customer care and find out how much they are charging for a replacement compressor. Even though your product is out of warranty, but for finding the most compatible compressor, your best bet is with the brand itself. Trust me, your peace of mind is worth the extra buck you may have to spend when you go with the brand.
- If the brand cannot help you, then reach out the local technicians and check the price of overall service. Most likely they will try to convince you to get your compressor repaired or they might offer you a refurbished one. DO NOT go for either of the options. Compressors are air tight devices and the kind of sealing done at the manufacturing unit cannot be done at local shops.
- Now that you are sure to get a new compressor, do note that you will never find the same brand compressor in the local market. Infact, there are different companies that manufacture these compressors for most of the brands. So no need to be upset as these compressors will work just fine. One important thing is to check the warranty coverage on these compressors and also make sure that they are seal packed. It is totally possible for the technician to do this replacement at your home. Do that, because else you may not know what quality compressor has been fitted in your AC.
Coming to the cost of a replacement AC compressor. I researched a lot but I could not find the prices from the brand websites, so I talked to a number of technicians to get the price estimate. I trust these technicians and have been using their services for quite some time. So I am confident with the numbers. Below is the cost summary based on Air Conditioners.
|AC Tonnage||Brands||Price Range|
|1 Ton||Voltas 1 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 6000 – 7000|
|Carrier 1 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 6500 – 7500|
|Daikin 1 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 8000 – 8500|
|Hitachi 1 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 8000 – 8500|
|1.5 Ton||Voltas 1.5 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 7500 – 8000|
|LG 1.5 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 7500 – 8000|
|Panasonic 1.5 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 7500 – 8000|
|Daikin 1.5 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|Hitachi 1.5 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|2 Ton||Voltas 2.0 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|LG 2.0 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|Whirlpool 2.0 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|Daikin 2.0 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 10000 – 12000|
|Hitachi 2.0 Ton Split AC Compressor Cost||Rs. 10000 – 12000|
AC Indoor Unit Price
Another common problem with old air conditioners is the leakages in condenser coils. The condenser coils are very tightly packed and with time, dirt gets accumulated in fine crevices of the fins. When combined with moisture, this dirt corrodes the copper tubings leading to gas leak. No matter how much a person tries, these gas leaks are almost impossible to fix. Since it is difficult to find an exact fit coil set, it is advised to replace the entire indoor unit. Again the AC Indoor unit price varies according to the brand. If a similar model is available then you can buy that and it will work perfectly with your AC.
I cannot cover all the brands, but below are some of the brands and their approximate prices. Also these prices are not available on brand websites, so what I did was that, I called the dealers of some of these brands to get you the AC Indoor Unit Price. I have covered brands from different price segments and it should give an estimate of the overall cost.
|AC Tonnage||Brands||Price Range|
|1 Ton||Voltas 1 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 8000 – 8500|
|Carrier 1 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 8000 – 8500|
|Daikin 1 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|Hitachi 1 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 9000 – 10000|
|1.5 Ton||Voltas 1.5 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 8500 – 9000|
|LG 1.5 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 8500 – 9000|
|Panasonic 1.5 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 8500 – 9000|
|Daikin 1.5 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 10000 – 12000|
|Hitachi 1.5 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 10000 – 12000|
|2 Ton||Voltas 2.0 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 10000 – 11000|
|LG 2.0 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 10000 – 11000|
|Whirlpool 2.0 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 10000 – 11000|
|Daikin 2.0 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 11000 – 14000|
|Hitachi 2.0 Ton Split AC Indoor Unit Cost||Rs. 11000 – 14000|
AC Outdoor Unit Price
It is rare that an Outdoor Unit of Air Conditioner breaks down but it’s not impossible though. Now you may be thinking if I should replace the outdoor unit or should I buy a new one. Well , then the same rules apply. If your air conditioner is more than 4 years old, then go for a new one else you can consider replacing the external unit only.
I could not get brand wise price, but when I talked to different AC technicians, I did get a price range for different tonnage.
|AC Tonnage||Price Range|
|1 Ton||Rs. 14000 – 16000|
|1.5 Ton||Rs. 15000 – 18000|
|2 Ton||Rs. 18000 – 22000|
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