Air conditioning is a convenience you may not want to go without this summer. However, when your AC unit no longer works as expected, it may be time to replace its compressor.
Before you decide whether or not to replace the central air conditioner compressor, you may want to know more about this part. This information could allow you to price it accordingly and determine if it is a better investment than replacing the entire AC unit.
What is an Air Conditioner Compressor?
The compressor in a central air conditioner is a part that is responsible for moving the refrigerant from the outside unit into the unit inside of the home. When it functions properly, the compressor accomplishes this in a continuous cycle so your home is never too warm and always has a low level of humidity.
However, this part is subject to wear and tear over time. If it comes into contact with excessive amounts of dirt and debris or is exposed to electrical hazards, for example, it can quickly wear out and need to be replaced.
Pricing a Compressor
Central air conditioner compressors can be more costly than other parts because of the role they play in the AC unit. Their price also reflects the amount of time it takes to replace them, which can be as long as four to five hours.
Their price also depends on the number of stages they contain. Single stage compressors cost less than two or multi-stage compressors. However, multi-stage compressors are often worth the investment because they keep your utility bills low and also lower the humidity level in the home.
Replacing the Compressor versus the Entire Unit
In some circumstances, it may be more cost effective to replace the entire AC unit. If the air conditioner is 10 years old or older, you may decide to replace the entire unit. Putting a new compressor in an older AC unit will only cause it to malfunction. The old unit may not be able to accommodate the new compressor sufficiently.
If the compressor is under three years old, it may still be under warranty. You could have it replaced at little to no cost. If the compressor is between three to 10 years old, you should base your replacement decision on how often the entire unit malfunctions.
Pricing a central air conditioner compressor could save you time and hassle in fixing your AC unit. Learn more about compressor replacements by calling us at 408-295-2182 today.