In this article, we’ll answer a few questions that may be on your mind:
Let’s start with question #1...
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An air conditioner compressor is responsible for circulating refrigerant (the liquid/gas that cools your home’s warm air) throughout the AC system.
Think of the compressor as the “heart” of your air conditioning system, and the refrigerant as the “blood.” Without either of these two important components, your AC system can’t function.
Your compressor is located in the outdoor unit of your air conditioning system.
If an AC tech has mentioned you need a new compressor, then you’ve probably experienced the following signs:
The reason compressors are so expensive is because the part itself is expensive and the installation is pretty labor-intensive (can take up to 4–5 hours).
However, without looking at your specific AC system, we can’t tell you exactly how much you’ll pay. That’s because the total price of a new compressor depends on the following factors:
Let’s go into each of these factors:
Compressors come in 3 different types, based on the speed of its motor:
Since variable-speed compressors are the most complex and the most energy-efficient type of compressor, they’re also the most expensive.
Note: The prices above do not reflect labor, just the cost of the compressor itself.
The bigger your AC (measured in tons), the more expensive your compressor will be. Most residential AC units range from 1 to 5 tons in size.
The higher the tonnage of your system, the more powerful your replacement compressor will need to be (which also raises its price).
Since the compressor is a vital part of your air conditioning system, most AC manufacturers will cover the cost of a replacement if your compressor breaks down within 10 years from the date it was first installed.
This warranty is usually called a limited parts warranty, which means manufacturers will usually only cover the compressor itself, but not the labor to replace it (which can be quite expensive).
To look at what your warranty covers, visit your manufacturer's website and try searching for your AC model number. If you’re having trouble locating the warranty, contact the AC contractor who installed your system.
Note: Most manufacturers will deem your warranty invalid if...
As a general rule of thumb, the more experienced the contractor, the more expensive they’ll be.
But don’t let a higher-priced contractor scare you. When it comes to installing an important AC component like the compressor, you want to make sure it’s done right the first time, or else you’ll run into issues down the road like premature breakdowns and higher energy bills.
To help you find a quality contractor, we’ll share a few tips:
Well, here’s what we recommend:
If your air conditioner is 3 to 10 years old, you’ll have to ask yourself some questions:
If you answered “yes” to all or most of those questions, your AC may be starting to give out, which means it may be time to replace it (especially if it’s 7+ years old).
For more information about installing a new AC, read our article “Cost to Install a Central AC in Tampa, FL.”
To learn more about our AC install services, visit our AC installation page.