How Much Can I Expect to Pay for an AC Compressor?

The AC compressor unit is a pivotal element in the central air conditioning system. In cases where you have a failing system, compressor failure is one of the leading culprits. Unfortunately, the compressor is a pivotal part, is one of the most expensive parts of the unit. You expect to cough out relatively high prices for the compressor. Whatever your reasons for purchasing a new AC compressor, you might want to have a slight idea of what costs you should be expecting.

Compressor cost factors

Does the previous compressor have a warranty?
If you are replacing an old compressor, the warranty period could still be active. The warranty covers most of the parts of the compressor. Depending on the period left in the warranty, it could cost you about $645 in the case where a new unit averages at about $1280. Warranties could help you slash about half of the unit’s amount if you find the warranty is still valid.

Size of the AC compressor

The size of your house determines the capacity of the compressor that’s most suitable for you. AC compressors of about 2 tons would cost you an average of $900. The price increases with an increase in compressor size. The largest size would be the 5-ton capacity that requires about $1600. Some vendors will price AC compressors depending on the BTUs of heat the unit can move hourly. Each ton is equated to 12000 BTU.

Type of compressor

Like any other machines, compressors have various performance levels. They come in single-stage, two-stage and variable capacity. It’s important to know that your AC requires the same kind of compressor it was initially assembled with. You cannot upgrade a compressor with the same unit. The average costs of a single-stage compressor mark up to $1000 while the two-stage compressor could cost about $300 less than the single-stage counterpart.

Brand

Brands play a significant role in determining the cost of an AC compressor. You expect superior brands to cost higher than the inferior brands. Of course, brand preference entirely depends on your budgets, customer ratings, and your taste.

You might also want to include installation costs in your budget calculations for the AC compressor. If you are looking to replace or buy a new AC compressor, talk to us today for examination and guidance on the best part for your system. Call us today at 408-295-2182 to straighten out the facts!