Is it worth replacing compressor on ac unit?

It turns out that the compressor, which compresses the refrigerant in your air conditioning system, is one of the most frequently misdiagnosed components. It's also one of the most expensive to replace, so it may be advisable to replace the entire system. But what if your air conditioner is 10 to 15 years old? This is the average lifespan of an air conditioner, even one that is very well maintained over the years. So if a compressor fails, is it worth replacing? Think of it this way: You're placing a new, expensive compressor inside a faulty system.

What will happen when that air conditioner breaks down anyway in a year or two? Anyway, you'll have to replace the entire system. But if the compressor is still under warranty, replacing the compressor may be the best option, depending on labor cost and other important factors. Finally, some HVAC warranties may require you to hire a licensed HVAC technician to handle the replacement. The replacement cost of an air conditioning compressor depends on the type of HVAC system you have, the size of your house and the brand of air conditioning, and the labor required for the installation.

The best way to maintain an HVAC system, including components such as the air conditioning compressor, is to schedule annual HVAC maintenance with a certified technician. If your air conditioning system is not covered by warranty and is nearing the end of the average lifespan of that model, it may make more sense to skip replacing the air conditioning compressor and install a system completely new.