There are a number of issues that your air conditioner will experience before it needs to be replaced. Though many problems can be avoided with routine maintenance, wear and tear still can cause damage. If you neglect maintenance, the damage only increases. Unfortunately, a broken AC compressor is one potential repair need that’s particularly unpleasant to face. Replacement of that part is typically the best choice with most cooling system parts. However, the questions turn into whether you should replace just the component, or the entire cooling system when you face a broken compressor. Today, we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to help you decide what to do with a down compressor.
Cost to Replace Compressor
The compressor is actually the most expensive part in it to replace, which is the main reason we will usually recommend looking at your air conditioning system as a whole. You should talk to a qualified professional to get an honest and reliable assessment of what’s actually going on before you make a decision. Check and see if your system is still under warranty as the first step. As long as you kept up with professional maintenance and haven’t done any repairs on your own to void the warranty you will not have to pay for a compressor replacement or air conditioner repair if the warranty is still valid.
Is My AC Still Under Warranty?
While the system is still under warranty is relatively uncommon, it bears mentioning as well that the likelihood of a compressor breaking down. It is almost certainly a good idea to move forward with a full air conditioner replacement if you do not have warranty coverage. There are a number of factors to consider here of course. Be sure to consider your budget, not only now for the installation but in the future for what you will pay for an inefficiently operating AC system versus a new, high-efficiency one. Replacing the compressor means replacing the entire outdoor unit of your air conditioner. Both the indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. You could run into efficiency problems and maybe even a full air conditioner breakdown when you replace one for a newer unit while keeping the other in place.
How Do I Know if My Compressor is Bad?
There are several apparent signs to watch out for. You might not be getting enough cool air coming through your vents for instance. When the refrigerant is successfully flowing into the evaporator coils to be compressed by the compressor, and the air is chilled and returned to your home, your air conditioner functions correctly. A lack of cooled air could mean you have a refrigerant leak, or another possibility is that your compressor has failed. Other signs of compressor failure are strange noises coming from the outside unit such as hissing, or humming.
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If your compressor is not operating smoothly, call in the professionals of Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning and let our certified technicians help you with repairs, replacements, installations, and maintenance services.