Is Replacing My Central AC Compressor Worth It?

There are a lot of problems that may develop with your home cooling system. From refrigerant leaks to failed capacitors and even damaged ductwork, there is no shortage of potential AC repair needs. One problem that you really don’t want to encounter, though, is a broken down compressor, especially if that compressor is beyond the point of repair.

With most air conditioning components, replacement is an option well worth your consideration. The question that a broken down compressor raises, though, is whether or not your entire system should be replaced at once. It’s a serious consideration, and one that the Phoenix, AZ AC specialists on our staff can help with. 

Why Replace the Entire System?

First things first, before replacing your compressor or your entire system, make sure that you are working with trustworthy professionals that have proven themselves capable of diagnosing air conditioning issues accurately. When you work with us, this is guaranteed to be the case. The compressor, which compresses the refrigerant in your AC system, happens to be one of the most commonly misdiagnosed components therein. It is also one of the costliest to replace, which is why a full system replacement may be advisable.

One factor to consider is whether or not your compressor itself is still under warranty. If it is, that means that you are not going to have to pay for the compressor, but only the labor required for the replacement. If this is the case, then replacing the compressor may be worth considering. The likelihood of a compressor breaking down entirely while still under warranty is fairly slim, but if this happens to you, make sure you know whether your compressor is covered.

If the compressor is not still under warranty, you may still choose to replace it. However, you should probably opt to replace the entire outdoor unit at the same time. In most cases, this will cost only marginally more than replacing an out-of-warranty compressor alone.

Which brings us to our main point: a full replacement. You’ll have to consider your budget and other factors, but in the long run, replacing the entire system at once, rather than a single indoor or outdoor unit, is advisable. These units are made to interact with one another, and will accrue wear and tear in tandem. Pairing an old evaporator unit with a new condenser/compressor unit can lead to long term operational problems.

Schedule your AC installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance services with Goettl Air Conditioning.