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A/C Condenser leak. I'm told that my condenser has a leak. This is the third time the A/C has failed. How hard is it to replace the condenser?

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The condencer is not hard to replace, but you need special tools and training to do this job, it is very easy to suffer serious personal injury.
Issues are OILING, and the receiver/dryer. Oiling requires accurate measurement of oil in each of these components, and calculation of levels and adjustment. The receiver/dryer is replaced anytime that you open the system.
Then, you need to evacuate the system (essentially $1,000 piece of equipment) to remove ambient moisture, and leak test, then recharge. This is just NOT a do it yourself job.

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