When your air conditioner stops working, you always hope that there is a simple solution to the issue. So when you find out that the compressor is broken, it can be somewhat of a letdown. The compressor is actually the most costly component of an air conditioner, in most cases, and a repair is not always possible.
Still, you can replace the compressor for cheaper than replacing the entire AC system, right? Well, in the moment, it might seem this way. But in the long term, replacing only the compressor in an older AC system can cost you.
The Cost of Mismatched Parts
When your air conditioner is over 10 years old and you replace only the compressor, the other components of the AC system—which are just as important to its performance—are still a decade old. There are worn down coils, fans, and other mechanical and electrical components working together with a brand new compressor.
The mismatched parts can run into a lot of trouble. They were designed to work with your original compressor, and the changes within the system may force them to run into even more issues.
Chances are high that the parts will continue to fail piece-by-piece. And over time, the cost to replace the compressor can end up being even more than the cost to replace the whole air conditioner system in the first place.
Why Replacing the Air Conditioner Is Often the Better Choice
The compressor can cost nearly half what a new system would. In the end, it’s usually better to choose the new unit. A new air conditioning system will run more efficiently, after all, and it’s unlikely to need any repairs in the near future.
Besides, the cost of replacing a compressor PLUS the price of a brand new air conditioning system just isn’t worth it. It simply makes more sense to choose a brand new system that will work the way you need it to.
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