Over the years, standard wear and tear can create a lot of—expected—repair needs for your air conditioning system. Particularly with our summers, which are hard on air conditioning systems. You could find yourself facing component replacements, failed capacitors, refrigerant leaks, and even ductwork damage.
Scheduling professional maintenance will help you avoid the most sudden and expensive air conditioning repair needs, but smaller ones still need attention. By skipping maintenance or neglecting repairs you risk the failure of an essential component: the compressor.
With most AC system components, a simple swap out is usually the best option. But with a compressor, the most expensive component there is, the question becomes, “Should I replace my entire air conditioner?” Our well-trained staff can help you make an informed decision on the matter, but you should know there is a good chance we’ll recommend a complete system upgrade. Read on to learn why.
Considering Your Budget
As we alluded to above, the biggest reason HVAC professionals typically recommend an entire system replacement rather than only replacing the compressor is because the compressor is the most expensive part of the air conditioner.
Of course, before you decide on anything, you should ensure you’re working with trustworthy professionals who have a proven track record of quality service. They will help you make an informed decision about the future of your air conditioning system. Working with an amateur can leave you walking away with more problems than solutions.
So, about that compressor … This component is charged with compressing the refrigerant within your air conditioner and is essential to the cooling process. If you know for certain you’re dealing with a compressor problem, the first thing to know is if the air conditioning system is still under warranty. If it is, you won’t have to pay for the component itself, only the labor for the replacement.
If your system is still under warranty, then yes if of course, it makes sense to just replace the compressor. But if your air conditioner is old enough for the compressor to fail, chances are slim that it’s still under warranty. In this case, you should consider a full system replacement.
There are many factors to consider, and your budget may be the biggest factor of all. In the long run, replacing the entire cooling system at once instead of replacing one part of it is recommended—the outdoor and indoor units of your air conditioner are designed to work together, so if there’s a mismatch you could find yourself needing a complete system replacement soon anyway.
“How Do I Know If My Compressor Is Bad?”
There are a few telltale signs. First, a refrigerant leak or bad compressor won’t allow an adequate cooling cycle, so you won’t feel as much cooling as you normally do coming from the air conditioner. Plus, you might hear your system hard-starting or even short-cycling.
A good rule of thumb to go by here is if anything unusual is occurring with your cooling system, it’s a good idea to give the pros a call to figure it out!