Air Conditioning Compressor Replacement: What You Need to Consider

As an expert in the field of air conditioning, I have encountered many homeowners who are unsure about whether to replace their air handler when replacing a compressor. It's a common dilemma, and the answer is not always clear-cut. In this article, I will provide you with all the necessary information to help you make an informed decision. First and foremost, let's address the most common misconception - there is no need to install a new air handler when replacing a compressor. This is an expensive and unnecessary expense that can be avoided.

Instead, focus on the warranty of your compressor and make your decision based on that. If your compressor is no longer under warranty, then replacing it with a new one is often the best option. Not only will you receive a new warranty that will protect your system for 10 years, but the new system will also operate more efficiently. This is because the interior and exterior components will match, resulting in better performance. However, if your compressor is still under warranty, things get a bit more complicated. In this case, it may be more cost-effective to replace only the condensing unit (the outdoor unit that houses the compressor).

This decision should be based on factors such as labor costs and other important considerations. But what if your compressor is not yet under warranty? In this scenario, you have two options - replace just the compressor or replace the entire outdoor unit. While it may seem like replacing just the compressor would be the cheaper option, it's important to consider all factors before making a decision. In most cases, replacing the entire outdoor unit will only cost slightly more than just replacing the compressor. This is because there are other factors that influence the cost of a compressor replacement, such as the type of compressor, unit size, refrigerant type, brand, and even the season in which the replacement is being done. So, when should you replace the entire unit instead of just the compressor? As a general rule of thumb, if your air conditioner is more than nine years old, it's often more economical to replace the entire unit. On the other hand, if your compressor is less than six years old, it may make sense to just replace the compressor.It's also important to note that regular air conditioner maintenance can help you avoid common problems with the compressor and extend its lifespan.

So, if you have a new air conditioning unit (0 to 5 years old), it makes sense to replace the compressor, especially if it's still under warranty. But what if your air conditioner is working well and you're not experiencing any issues? In this case, it may still make sense to replace the entire system. This is because replacing both the air conditioning compressor and the air handler at the same time can ensure that your system operates at its best and avoids any potential compatibility issues. When it comes to replacing your air conditioning compressor or the entire system, it's crucial to work with trusted professionals who have a proven track record of accurately diagnosing air conditioning problems. At Goettl Air Conditioning, we have a team of experts who can handle all your air conditioning needs - from installation and repair to replacement and maintenance. Finally, let's address the question of labor costs. If you have to pay for labor in addition to the cost of a new compressor, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire outdoor unit.

While this may seem like a bigger expense upfront, it will save you money in the long run as you won't have to worry about any potential issues with mismatched components.