The air compressor is one of the four main parts found inside an air conditioning unit. It compresses refrigerant gas called Freon by exposing it to high temperatures and pressure. This heated and pressurized gas forces cooler air throughout your air conditioning system through ducts.
The leftover hot air is then transferred to the outside via coils and a fan. Without a functioning compressor component, an air conditioning unit will not work. There are many reasons why a compressor is no longer working.
Here are some of them:
- If an HVAC system is poorly maintained, it will cause wear and tear to the AC components including the compressor
- power surges can damage the compressor and cause it to burn out
- too much moisture in the air can cause chemical reactions that will wear away the compressor
- a compressor may stop working if it is defective, damaged during other repair work or past its lifespan
You can help prevent damage to the compressor and extend the life of your AC unit by doing basic maintenance. Annual AC tune-ups, changing your air filters on a regular basis, cleaning the HVAC system and controlling moisture levels can all prevent damage and wear to the compressor.
How Much Will It Cost To Replace A Compressor In An AC Unit?
Sometimes, an air compressor will stop working and need to be replaced. Since it is essential to the operation of the air conditioning system, you will have to replace the compressor or get an entirely new HVAC system. Often the most economical and smart decisions you can make is just to replace the compressor.
Generally, the larger your AC unit is, the more expensive the replacement compressor will cost. For example, a 2.5-ton capacity air conditioner unit will have a replacement cost of about $500-$980. A 5.0-ton capacity AC system will have an estimated cost of about $815-$1600 dollars.
Air compressors vary in quality. A cheaper compressor may save you money, but it will have a shorter warranty period and will not last as long as a more expensive one. Taking this into consideration is important when selecting a compressor.
Another important thing to factor in when shopping for a new air compressor is the installation cost. If you have staff on hand that can install new parts in an old air conditioner, then the additional installation cost will not apply to you. If you lack such staff on hand, then you can expect to pay an additional cost for installation. The installation cost should be around the same price as the compressor.
We will quickly determine what kind of compressor is required for your AC unit. Our team will also work with you to schedule a convenient installation time. Call us today at 408-295-2182, and we will get to work right away on getting your AC up and running.