What does it cost to maintain air-conditioning on a Cirrus SR22? It’s a question I had when considering my first purchase of an airplane with air-conditioning. Here’s cost detail from our work orders at an authorized service center during the past two years.
|Part: New A/C compressor drive assem.||250.00|
|Labor: Installed A/C compressor drive assem.||1.17||90.00||105.30|
|Labor: A/C refrigerant low||1.00||90.00||90.00|
|A/C Freon, R-134-A||5.52|
|Labor: A/C Wemac vent inop #3 seat||0.50||90.00||45.00|
|Labor: Environ kit, drive shaft, bracket & bearing||2.00||n/c||–|
|Express shipping (not covered by warranty)||108.00|
Air-conditioning components are a direct variable cost of flying that wear down with usage, just like mags, tires and brakes. In a shared ownership, you should allocate a reasonable cost in the hourly rate for air-conditioning maintenance.
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