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Cost to uninstall and re-install AC unit

Hi everyone,

We need to do some work in the back of the house to fix some foundation issues. There will be digging in the back yard and thus need to move the AC unit.

Anyone know the cost to do such work (Unhook, move, rehook in 2 weeks) and also any recommended people/companies?

Thanks.
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I've received one quote for $600 to move my AC unit from the back of the house to the side. I haven't gotten any others but it sets a baseline at least.
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ct027 wrote: Hi everyone,

We need to do some work in the back of the house to fix some foundation issues. There will be digging in the back yard and thus need to move the AC unit.

Anyone know the cost to do such work (Unhook, move, rehook in 2 weeks) and also any recommended people/companies?

Thanks.
where are you located?
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Local Durham newspaper about AC bylaws mentioned $600 to move an AC from the side to back of the house.

But are you reconnecting the AC during those two weeks or leaving disconnected? I think they collect your refrigerant, cut and move line, then refill with what they collected. I don't know about storing refrigerant for two weeks.
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I got a price of $400 in Windsor from two different random companies to remove and reinstall at some later date, so I figure it's $200/visit (I'm doing foundation/drain tile work). They've likely got a considerable store of refrigerant anyways, so I wouldn't imagine they'd have any reason to charge a storage fee.
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Thanks for the replies so far everyone.
I'm located in Scarborough.

One company I checked quoted $1,000 which I thought was substantial. Based on the responses so far it's definitely high but in the ballpark. Will have to make some more calls.

Any other suggestions welcome.
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No not using it for the 2 weeks.
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When I got my a/c moved I was quoted $700-100. That was reusing the same lines.
To do it properly, it's pretty much like a new install when hooking it up. The lines should be flushed, pressure checked, then filled and tested.
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I must be in the wrong business.. these guys make a killing doing this work.
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markopas wrote: I must be in the wrong business.. these guys make a killing doing this work.
haha seriously....frigin guys moving and re-connecting a AC unit charging $700 lol. How many hours can this possibly take? Ridiculous...

My dad once got a quote from an HVAC guy for something that would have taken 1.5 hours of labour (and my dad provides the part), and the guy wanted $500. My dad looked at him and asked if hes an HVAC guy or a brain surgeon...
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ct027 wrote: Thanks for the replies so far everyone.
I'm located in Scarborough.

One company I checked quoted $1,000 which I thought was substantial. Based on the responses so far it's definitely high but in the ballpark. Will have to make some more calls.

Any other suggestions welcome.
Climate change mechanical. they have a perfect review on homestars. I've used them 3 times. They are the best. Out of etobicoke. id check them out 416 554 1662
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schade wrote: When I got my a/c moved I was quoted $700-100. That was reusing the same lines.
To do it properly, it's pretty much like a new install when hooking it up. The lines should be flushed, pressure checked, then filled and tested.
Moved is 400% more work than disconnected and connected again. Bonus is that they should pressurize correctly and AC will work a little better. Was explained to me by our guy that the units ship pressurized and then the lines to/from unit make it drop a wee bit. When we bought our latest place I had furnace/AC/gas fireplaces all inspected and cleaned etc. They charged her up a wee.

$600-700 should probably get it done, maybe as low as $400. I have a fitter next door and my Dad knows 2 plus things are cheaper out here as rent is cheaper.
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To be sure, you're simply asking about disconnecting and reconnecting in the exact same spot @ a later date, right? A lot of these comments are about moving it to another spot, which is considerably more labour than disconnect/reconnect.
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drinkinbeer wrote: Climate change mechanical. they have a perfect review on homestars. I've used them 3 times. They are the best. Out of etobicoke. id check them out 416 554 1662
Thanks will give em a call.
ChubChub wrote: To be sure, you're simply asking about disconnecting and reconnecting in the exact same spot @ a later date, right? A lot of these comments are about moving it to another spot, which is considerably more labour than disconnect/reconnect.
That's right. Need it temporarily uninstalled and then reinstalled at the very same spot.
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Shaidin wrote: Local Durham newspaper about AC bylaws mentioned $600 to move an AC from the side to back of the house.

But are you reconnecting the AC during those two weeks or leaving disconnected? I think they collect your refrigerant, cut and move line, then refill with what they collected. I don't know about storing refrigerant for two weeks.
The refrigerant is stored in the condensing unit (outdoor unit). The a/c person pumps the system down into the outdoor unit. They should also cap the lines off so no moisture gets into the system.
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What about plan B, moving it to wall mounted that stays in place through all the digging?
Saves the second service trip, which will have a min cost associated.
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aqnd wrote: What about plan B, moving it to wall mounted that stays in place through all the digging?
Saves the second service trip, which will have a min cost associated.
It's a good idea but don't really have the space. It's a townhouse and the back is mostly windows.
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crocp8 wrote: haha seriously....frigin guys moving and re-connecting a AC unit charging $700 lol. How many hours can this possibly take? Ridiculous...
Minimum 2 hours on each end when you add in transit time, then paperwork at either end, licenses, insurance, WSIB... Funny how people want to make all kinds of money but then think anyone else trying to cover their overhead is a ripoff artist.
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Hot damn these prices are crazy. I got mine done for $300 about 2 years ago. $150 for each visit.

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