Is it Worth Replacing a Compressor on an AC Unit?

Is it Worth Replacing a Compressor on an AC Unit?

Does your AC compressor need to be replaced? The compressor is the most important part of an air conditioning unit because it regulates and controls all of the other parts.

It can also cause additional problems in your AC system, such as power outages or a constant running compressor. These are signs that you should replace your compressor soon. Is it worth replacing the compressor? That's up to you!

First Thing, What is an AC Compressor?

An air conditioning compressor is the most important part of your home's HVAC system. It regulates and controls all of the other parts making sure that they're working properly at all times.

The compressor also starts, stops, or changes speed to accommodate for different temperatures in order to keep you cool and comfortable.

Signs That You Need To Replace an AC Compressor

Some signs that your air conditioning system needs repair or replacement:

  • The compressor is making a loud noise.
  • Your air conditioner doesn't cool the space properly, or it only runs for short periods of time before shutting off and then restarting again.
  • You notice that your compressor is leaking water from under the unit (usually this means you need to replace the radiator).
  • Your compressor starts up but shuts down right away when there's not enough electricity running through it.
  • Your compressor starts up but shuts down right away when there's not enough refrigerant in the system.
  • There is a lot of condensation on the outside surface of your air conditioner (usually this means you need to replace the compressor).
  • If the compressor is more than 30 years old, it may be time for an upgrade.

Check For the Warranty On Your Compressor

Compressors come with a manufacturer warranty. Compressor warranties can last up to 10 years, but the average is three or four years in length. It's worth checking if your compressor has a warranty before you go ahead and replace it.

Compressors are expensive pieces of equipment that will not just stop working on their own, so they should be checked for any warning signs like leaks which may indicate an imminent breakdown. Compressing units only need regular maintenance every few months and then once per year to keep running well for the long term future

When looking at prices try comparing them to the warranty. We recommend going with a company that offers lifetime or extended warranties in case anything goes wrong with your compressor, but remember that this will cost more.

AC Compressor Replacement Cost

An AC compressor replacement is a big job. The labor cost alone can be over $500, and that's before the parts start coming into play.

When you factor in how much an AC unit costs to replace, labor included, for installation as well as materials (the new compressor), it’s not uncommon for the total bill to exceed $2000 without even considering your time spent off work waiting on them to come to fix your air conditioner!

A lot of people wonder if they should just keep their old one in place or hire someone else who might charge less money? You know what they say about anything involving repair: “you get what you pay for”. Is dealing with more frequent repairs really worth saving a few bucks upfront?

If it breaks down again shortly after being repaired, you're looking at paying, even more, to have another compressor installed than when you initially replaced it!

Plus, there is always the possibility of adding refrigerant (around $100) which will need to be repeated every couple of years on average depending upon how often the compressor is repaired.

Check For Indoor Air Conditioner Unit

Check your air conditioner unit to see if it will be compatible with the new compressor. If you are unsure, ask an HVAC technician for help or look at a manual that has been updated within the past year.

The ac unit may not work as well after installing a new one because of different pressure ratings and sizes.

A technician will help you decide which ac unit is best for your home.

Need Expert Advice?

When you need a compressor replacement, it’s important to know if the cost of a new one is worth the expense. The experts at McNamara Custom Services can help you decide how much money and time will be saved by installing a new unit or repairing an old one.

We offer consultations for those in our area who are considering replacing their compressors or want expert advice on repairs. If you think that any of these three situations apply to you, call us today!

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