Compressor Replacement Cost
The replacement cost for an air conditioner compressor is an expensive repair, it could cost you around $1,500 to $2,500 dollars. The big problem with this option is that after years of maintaining your unit you could have spent that same amount of money in repairs and electrical cost on a whole new system. If you are thinking about just changing the compressor it doesn’t make sense to put a new part on with the rest of the system being old especially if you have a split system and the air handler doesn’t match-up. Your compromising for a temporary fix and risking another day you will have to spend in the heat.
A unit that is over 10 years old will more than likely not be under warranty anymore and might have R-22 refrigerant. That refrigerant is being phased out, its harder to get, and is becoming really expensive (its about $100 a lb.) that’s why we recommend getting a unit that uses R-410a refrigerant. Any other refrigerant related breakdowns will mean a costly repair every time and its only going to get more and more expensive as time goes on.
What The Technician Has To Do
You can’t fix a compressor once it has gone bad it must be replaced because they are hermetically sealed. For a compressor replacement the technician will have to disconnect electrical, remove the refrigerant and capture it in a storage cylinder, cut line sets, remove the condenser coil and everything around the compressor, replace the compressor, and finally put the rest back together. It could take the technician about 5-8 hours to do.