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Coleman ac unit

The compressor was never bolted down and now the copper pipe has broken. Is this worth fixing or not ? If it is worth fixing, how much does something like this cost?

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If this would be worth fixing would depend on how long the unit ran after the tubeing was broken and how long it has been open for to determine if any contaminants were introduced into the system. A good technician would come out and braze the lines back togather, bolt down the condenser, purge the unit with nitrogen, and pull a deep vaccum before recharging the system. If this were done and your system worked fine which should be the case. It would save you the cost of a new condenser.

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