Replacing the compressor on your home air conditioner can be expensive because it functions as the heart of your air conditioning system. Since there are a number of factors that can affect the cost of replacing an air conditioner compressor, it is best to get an estimate based on your specific needs. At Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we have a lot of experience installing compressors and offer affordable products and services.
Some Factors That Affect Costs
Although each situation is different, some of the factors that can affect the price of replacing your compressor are:
- Size of the compressor
- Brand and type of compressor
- Number of hours required for installation
- Whether any other repairs or parts are required
- Whether you are replacing a compressor in a heat pump or whether it is strictly a cooling unit
Air conditioning units go by tonnage, with 1 ton equaling 12,000 BTUs (British thermal units). The higher the tonnage of your unit, the larger the air conditioner compressor. Hence, the more expensive it will be to replace it. Generally speaking, your costs will be based on the cost of the compressor plus the cost of the labor (number of hours required for installation).
Role of Price in Future Decisions
Once you receive your estimate, you will be in a position to decide whether to repair your air conditioner or whether to buy a new air conditioner. Your decision should be based on the costs of each service and the age and efficiency of your current air conditioner. If the cost of replacing the compressor is less than half the cost to buy a new air conditioning unit, then replacing the compressor would make financial sense. In many cases, paying more for a good repair or replacement actually saves you money in the long run.
To get an estimate of the actual cost to replace your air conditioner compressor, call Northern's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® at (763) 284-8639.