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Air conditioner serviceman says fan needs replacing and will cost $900-$1000 seems expensive for a 25 year old air-con. Do you have a service manual and a rough idea what a new fan would cost as Im a handy guy. Gazza from australia.

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I agree, here in mid south US i would typically charge about a 120$ labor and around 200$ for a typical blower and cleaning and service materials. 900$ seems high i would get a second opinion, theres always the possibility that there is some additional cost that we are not aware of, service difficulty such as unit location, travel time and so on.

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Go to any BOC Gases outlet and view their range of aircon fans. Depending on model $100 to $200. Fans are not an expensive item.
Allow an hour or two of labour (in case there are problems)

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