- Posted by ACE Home Services
- On May 10, 2017
- Condensor Coil, Freon, Refrigerant
Typical air conditioning systems consists of four main parts: a compressor, a condenser, and 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.
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.
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 with your compressor. 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:
- Poor maintenance of the HVAC system, leading to damaging buildup on the compressor
- Power surges causing electrical failures to burn out the compressor
- Excess moisture causing chemical reactions to form acid byproducts, eating away the compressor
How Much Does a New Compressor Cost?
The cost for a new HVAC compressor can vary considerably depending on where you get it or who installs it for you. If tackling the job 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 air conditioner 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) 483-6295.