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What Causes an HVAC Compressor to Burn Out & How Much Does it Cost to Replace?

Typical air conditioning systems consist of four main parts: a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator. The compressor in your A/C is a pivotal part in the cooling process, in which it intakes freon (refrigerant) and compresses the gas into a high temperature and pressure. The compressor will then emit a hot gas, ultimately circulating the remaining cool air throughout your system. Without a functioning compressor, your air conditioner won’t work properly or at all. Continue reading to see what your average air conditioner compressor cost is.

Are you having issues with your air conditioning compressor? Call a Professional HVAC contractor at ACE Home Services by phone at (602) 943-2000 or request an appointment online. We offer services such as air conditioning repair, air conditioning tune-up, and air conditioning replacement to meet your needs. ACE Home Services also offers commercial air conditioner repair solutions for offices, facilities, and warehouses.

Here’s How a Compressor Works

The compressor directs the hot gas towards the condenser coil in the outdoor unit, in which fans blow air on the coil and transfers the leftover heat to the outside air. This leaves cool air to circulate throughout your system and cycle throughout your home. As you can tell, this is a complex process that is crucial to the functionality and performance of your A/C units.

ACE Home Services: HVAC Compressor Diagram

Keep reading to learn how compressor burnouts can occur, how to look for them, and what you can expect to pay for a replacement.

How Does an HVAC Compressor Burnout?

If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC system, or notice that your unit is no longer blowing out cool air, then there may be an issue – meaning it’s time to make that HVAC compressor replacement call to your local contractor. One sign that your compressor is failing is that you no longer can hear the fan from the unit when you turn on your A/C. You may also hear loud noises coming from your unit, or notice that the clutch is not moving at all.

What Causes a Compressor to Burnout?

The following are common causes of compressor burnouts:

  1. Poor maintenance of the HVAC system, leading to damaging buildup on the compressor
  2. Power surges causing electrical failures to burn out the compressor
  3. Excess moisture causing chemical reactions to form acid byproducts, eating away the compressor

How Much Does a New HVAC Compressor Cost?

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The cost for a new HVAC compressor can vary considerably depending on where you get it or who installs it for you. If doing a home AC compressor replacement yourself, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $600 for a compressor that fits your air conditioner. On the other hand, if you’re not an HVAC technician and need to hire one to do the job for you, a compressor fully installed can cost between $1,500 and $2,000. Again, this would depend on your existing HVAC unit.

Contact ACE Home Services to Replace Your Compressor

Do you have an aging home AC compressor that needs to be fixed? If so, click here to have ACE Home Services repair your air conditioner. You can also schedule a service call online or by calling (602) 943-2000.