That is a tough decision to make. Your air conditioner isn’t working and you find out that the compressor needs replacing and it’s expensive! So should you just go ahead and replace the compressor, or should you get a new unit instead? Here are some tips to help you make the best decision:
Just so you don’t get ripped off, don’t assume that the first diagnosis is 100% accurate.
Some contractors are quick to say you have a bad compressor, but the problem may be something else. Be sure you have a reputable Company making the diagnosis. If you have concerns about the diagnosis, ask the technician to have a field supervisor to come out and confirm his findings . This should be done at no extra charge.
If the compressor is still under warranty, then you only have to pay for the cost of labor.
The technician should be able to tell you if the compressor is still under warranty by the serial number on the unit.
If you have to pay for labor and the compressor, you are better off replace the entire system. This is especially true if the system is 10 years or older. At this point, it would be like putting on an expensive band-aid on that may not hold very long. Also, have you had to put refrigerant into your system in the past couple of years? That may be an indication that your evaporator coil is leaking. Putting in a new compressor will not solve this problem and will actually increase the chances of it failing again.
We know this is a big decision and want to give you all the information so you can make an informed decision for your family. Call us now for a free in home consultation absolutely free of charge. (919) 886-4822