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Does a Broken Compressor Mean You Need a Replacement?


There are many common issues an air conditioner will have over the course of its lifespan. Some loose nuts and bolts or a dirty evaporator coil are examples of easy fixes that a professional HVAC technician has encountered many times in his or her career and shouldn’t cause any concern for the homeowner.

However, there are some repairs that aren’t so easy–or inexpensive–to fix. A more unusual problem your air conditioner may experience is when something goes wrong with the compressor.

For this issue, you definitely want to call on an experienced HVAC technician. For AC compressor installation in Palmer Lake, you can rely on a team such as ours to handle this complicated issue for you.

It helps to think of the compressor as the heart of an AC system. Just like a human, when the heart is struggling, it affects other areas of the body.

Or in the case of your air conditioner, a struggling compressor can affect whether the entire system runs. The ultimate question is whether a failed compressor means you need to replace the entire system. Let’s dive deeply into that now. 

What the Compressor Does

The aptly named compressor condenses and pressurizes (compresses) the air conditioner’s refrigerant, thus raising its temperature.

The compressor is responsible for moving the refrigerant through the rest of the system and transferring heat from inside your home and expelling it outside. When the compressor breaks down, it’s easy to see how the entire cooling process comes to a halt. 

If the Compressor Fails, Does the AC Need Replacing?

There are certain circumstances that’ll determine the answer to this. Let’s look at those now. 

  • The air conditioner is under warranty: If your AC is still under its warranty, there’s hope that the replacement of the compressor will be covered. If your AC unit is newer and the compressor is faulty, it could be an improper installation that caused the compressor to give out. If this is the case, you may be able to get the compressor repaired or replaced.
  • The condenser unit needs to be replaced: The condenser unit is the outdoor piece of your AC system that houses multiple components including the compressor. If the compressor fails, you can choose to replace only the condenser unit. However, we don’t recommend this. Replacing the condenser alone risks a mismatched system that runs inefficiently, and it won’t include a new warranty.
  • Age of the system: If your AC unit is past its lifespan and the compressor is beyond repair, the best option is to replace the entire system. Although a replacement unit will be costly, you’ll have a brand-new, highly efficient air conditioner that’ll provide top-notch cooling to your home. 

Each home and homeowner is unique. If you suspect that your compressor is problematic, schedule an appointment for us to take a look. We’ll give you an honest estimate about your options for repair or replacement.

Don’t let the weather get you down, call Brown’s! Brown’s Heating & Cooling is your trusted resource for quality AC repair. Contact us today!

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