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A Malfunctioning AC Compressor: Should You Repair or Replace?

compressor-in-outdoor-ac-unitOver the years, there are a variety of issues that can crop up with your HVAC systems. Particularly your air conditioner, which goes through a considerable amount of work.

You may find yourself facing problems like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, or breached ductwork. Fortunately, most of these are fairly simple to repair, and in many cases even possible to prevent.

There is one air conditioner problem, however, that is particularly unpleasant to face and doesn’t have a simple solution—a broken down or damaged compressor.

“What Do I Do with a Damaged Compressor?”

With most components of your air conditioner, replacement is the best option. However, if you have a broken compressor, then the question becomes, “should I replace my compressor, or the entire air conditioner?” After all, the compressor is the heart of your cooling system.

Our team is here to help you make an informed decision about what to do with your damaged compressor. We’ll be honest and say that full system replacement is most likely going to be the recommendation at the end, but we want to ensure that you know why, and understand your options.

The Compressor Is Your AC System’s Most Expensive Component

This fact alone is why we typically consider looking at your air conditioner as a whole, and determining from there if it will be more economically feasible to upgrade the entire cooling system. First thing’s first, however: make sure you’re working with trustworthy and reliable pros that have proven themselves capable of diagnosing air conditioning problems accurately.

When you work with us, you don’t need to worry about that.

Compressors are responsible for compressing the refrigerant within air conditioning systems, and compressor damage is actually one of the most commonly misdiagnosed AC problems. Assuming you’ve already found out that you’re dealing with a compressor problem, however, the first thing you’ll want to check is if the air conditioner is still under warranty.

If the warranty is still good on your air conditioning system, then you won’t have to pay for the replacement component—just the labor to actually do the replacement. This is probably the only case where we’d actually recommend a compressor replacement rather than a full air conditioner upgrade.

Your Compressor Likely Isn’t Under Warranty

The problem is, the likelihood of a compressor breaking down entirely while it’s still under warranty is slim. So, in the absence of warranty coverage, it is time to consider a full air conditioning system replacement.

You’ll want to consider a number of factors when making this decision, such as your budget and how old the cooling system is. But replacing the entire cooling system at once may be your best option, since the indoor and outdoor units are designed to interact with each other. They accumulate wear and tear in tandem, meaning if you pair an old evaporator unit with a new condenser unit and compressor, you could  find yourself facing long-term operational problems.

Contact Envirotech Air Quality Services for quality air conditioning services in West Palm Beach, FL.

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