No matter what type of air conditioning system you have, it will eventually fail and need repair. The average A/C system has four primary parts: Compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and an evaporator. The compressor is the engine that drives your A/C system. It compresses refrigerant(freon) and circulates it throughout your system to keep your home cool. If your compressor is not functioning properly, your A/C will perform poorly or not at all.
So how does a compressor work? A compressor pushes hot gas into your outdoor condenser unit. This unit has a large fan that blows air on the condenser coils to cool the hot gas and also transfer any remaining heat into the outside air. This process provides cool air to move throughout your home. This is a complicated process that requires all major components working at an optimal level to achieve the desired results and efficiency.
Cost to Repair
The cost to repair an HVAC compressor will vary greatly depending on such factors as the type system, geographic location, and the company that performs the work. Although you may be tempted to repair the compressor yourself to save money, it is best to have it repaired by a professional because it is a complicated and potentially dangerous process. You can expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 to have your HVAC compressor replaced.
Some typical causes of HVAC compressor failure are listed below:
- Failure to properly maintain the system
- Overcurrent or overvoltage conditions
- Excessive moisture conditions that can lead to corrosion or other negative chemical reactions
Additionally, it is important to keep your air filter replaced regularly to reduce the load on your compressor and system. If you notice your outside condenser pad starting to sink, this should be immediately corrected to prevent strain on the lines and wiring which could lead to short circuits. Also, if the pad sinks too low, the compressor could become submerged in water during heavy rainstorms. If you notice your system or compressor are noisier than normal, it should be promptly inspected by a professional. This could possibly save you thousands by correcting minor problems before they become major problems.
If your A/C system requires maintenance or repair, call us today at 408-295-2182.