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Is a New AC Compressor the Right Thing for Your System?

A broken-down compressor is one of the costliest A/C repairs. It’s a major component of your outside unit. In some cases, when the compressor fails, the best option may be to have a full air-conditioning system replacement. So when is getting a new AC compressor advisable and when should you consider replacing the outside unit or the whole AC system? Read on to find the answer.

When to Replace the Compressor Only

An important factor to consider is if your current AC unit and components are under warranty. If they still are, you can get by with just a new AC compressor. You won’t have to pay for the new compressor. You’ll only pay for the labor needed for the replacement.

When to Replace More Than Just the Compressor

If the compressor is past its warranty, consider replacing the entire outside unit. The costs of a new AC compressor and the labor and materials needed for replacement are usually close in range to the costs of replacing the whole outdoor unit.

Keep in mind that in the long run, replacing your entire AC system is more beneficial than just replacing the outdoor unit. Indoor and outdoor units are supposed to interact with each other. By replacing them together, you’ll get the benefit of matched technology and better energy efficiency.

Without a matched indoor unit, you likely won’t be able to utilize all the new technology features of a new unit. Pairing a new outdoor unit with an old indoor unit can cause operational problems in the long term.

The compressor is one of the most misdiagnosed AC components. For that reason, you’ll want to ensure you only work with a reputable HVAC contractor who will diagnose your AC issues accurately. For more information about getting a new AC compressor, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. Yuma-area homeowners have relied on our products and services to keep their air-conditioning systems running properly and efficiently for close to 70 years.