What Can a New AC Compressor Do for Your HVAC System?

Your AC isn’t working. The compressor is shot. Getting a whole new system will be expensive, but what if you get just a new AC compressor instead? Can that be done? Is it worthwhile? It depends on several factors.

Benefits of Replacing the Compressor

The main reason to get just a new AC compressor is if your system is still under warranty. If the warranty covers replacement parts, you can get a new AC compressor for free (or at least for just the cost of labor) and not have to worry about the expense of a whole new system.

Even if your system is not under warranty, you may decide to replace just the compressor if money’s tight. Both options are expensive, but the compressor is typically at least half the cost of a new system. You need your AC to get you through the Florida summer. If you can’t afford a whole system, replacing just the compressor can save you money.

Benefits of Replacing the System

The problem with replacing just the AC compressor is that it’s a significant investment in an appliance that’s losing value and efficiency with each passing year. As a general rule, if the cost of repairs is half the cost of the unit, you’re better off getting a new system if you can afford it.

Particularly if your current system is more than a few years old, you’d likely be due for a new one fairly soon anyway. By getting one now, you avoid the extra expense. Plus, a new unit gives you the opportunity to invest in a more efficient system that will save you money and energy going forward.

Finally, the system and compressor were designed to work together. They function at the same level and wear out at the same time. Putting a new compressor into an old system could affect the way it operates, wearing the rest of the system out more quickly.

Whether you need a new AC compressor or a whole new system, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties trust us for quality home-comfort solutions.

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