Originally posted by bez780:
800+500+200=1500 if you do it your self if not,
800+500+200+300or400 if you have some one fix it, plus warranty =1800or 1900
i would buy the new one at 1900+shipping an a warranty!!!
thats just me!
Assume $1,000 for the chassis, shipped. The chassis is a wooden box with doors and racking.
Add $500 for a 1500BTU cooler (inc tax and shipping) or $600 for a 2500BTU cooler
with full warranty. Fit it yourself for nothing. Cost: $1500-$1600 all in.
There's no way it'll cost $300 to fit the cooling unit. Even $100 would be a rip-off.
It takes a few minutes to remove and replace. I know, I've done it.
The new unit costs $2000. That's unfinished, so add $200. Shipping is $200. 2500BTU cooler costs an extra $200. Total cost is therefore $2400-$2600 plus tax.
Total saving: $1000 The warranty is effectively the same - the cooler is the only component that's likely to fail.
The cooler may be repairable, or it may not. However cost of repairs is likely to be comparable to the cost of a new unit. If it's lost the coolant due to a leak the cost of recharging and fixing the leak will be $300+.
If it's still cooling but not sufficiently then I'm told that it may be a faulty compressor. If it's less than 5 years old the compressor is still under warranty (parts only). If you follow my thread on VinoCellar you'll know that I've just requested a replacement compressor for *my* 1500BTU cooler and am considering trying to get it repaired, but am also planning to replace it with a 2500BTU unit and keep the 1500 as a backup *if* it can be fixed.