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Does a Dead Compressor Mean I Have to Replace My AC?

Your air conditioner is made up of many components that work together to cool your home. However, some components are larger and arguably more important than others. The air compressor inside of your unit is one of these crucial AC components. 

Without the compressor, your air conditioner simply cannot create cool air for your home. And if your air compressor goes out, there’s a good chance that you’re looking at a complete air conditioning replacement in Justin, TX. Keep reading to learn more about when you need to replace your AC vs. repairing or replacing a dead compressor.

Bad Compressor Diagnosis

When components inside of your air conditioner, go out, most of them are reasonably and expensive to repair or replace. But when your air compressor goes out, that’s a big investment. If you have to replace the compressor inside of your AC unit, you may be looking at spending thousands of dollars. Sometimes it makes more sense to start over with a brand new air conditioner than to replace that single part of the system. 

Keep in mind that it takes an expert AC technician to diagnose a bad air compressor. You may be searching online for the signs of a bad compressor to self-diagnose, but there is always a chance that something else is the problem. In some cases, our team can make other repairs to get your AC running again and salvage your compressor. 

Repair vs. Replacement

If it makes sense to repair your air conditioner, including the compressor, then you may make the decision to do so. Sometimes you can get more life out of your current air conditioner before replacing it with a newer unit. But, if the compressor itself needs to be replaced, you may want to get a quote for an AC replacement, too. 

Then you can compare your options and look at the price difference between the two. Experts recommend that if you have to spend 50% of the cost of a new air conditioner on a single repair, then it is wiser to go ahead and invest in a new air conditioner. 

And this is especially true if your air conditioner is at least ten years old. Replacing your air compressor in your existing AC unit may mean that you don’t get the full lifespan of that compressor. The rest of your air conditioner will continue to age faster, and you may need to overhaul the system anyway in a few short years. 

If you’ve made other repairs recently to your air conditioner, you may want to consider those in adding up the repair costs. Experts also estimate that you will experience an increase in frequency of repairs in the last two years of your air conditioner’s life. 

Check Your Warranty

If your compressor needs to be replaced before the ten-year mark, there’s a good chance that your manufacturer’s warranty will cover at least a portion of the replacement. In this case, it may make more sense to invest in the air compressor replacement, since it is covered under warranty. So remember to check your original documents to see whether or not your AC unit is still under warranty before spending your own money on a repair or replacement. 

Contact Don’s AC Service, Inc today to schedule an appointment for your HVAC and indoor air quality needs!

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