AC, just like any other system, the way to tell how bad the leak is, is to check the quantity still in the system. Also, your leak might NOT be the condenser itself, it could be the O-Ring at the connection for the tube. Also, if you had a crack or pin-hole in the metal condenser itself, most likely the AC would be totally empty and non-functional in minutes, best case scenario within in days. As well, this liquid on the condenser is actually AC oil leaking out of the system, its possible its something spilt from the shelf above it when you were changing oil or something splashed on it while you were driving.
So, I think you're jumping to conclusions that you need to replace your AC Condenser. Check out the AC system, see if it is working correctly, troubleshoot it properly, and see if it points to a leak. If the leak is at connection to the lines, fix the seals and lines first.
Yes, the OEM AC parts are extremely expensive, and there is a lot of cheap sub-standard AC parts out there. NO you don't have to buy the extremely expensive OEM dealer parts, to have a reliable AC system, but most of the cheapest parts, especially moving parts like compressors are sub-standard and the AC system won't last using those parts. i.e. find a happy medium of quality, don't have to buy the most expensive, but avoid the absolute cheapest that you can tell is NOT any quality.
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