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Does Your AC Compressor Need Repair?

ac-compressorAir conditioners accumulate wear and tear over the years. This is no secret. It is especially true around our area. Sure, we may be known for cold and snowy winters, but our summers pack a punch, and our air conditioners go through a lot of work! Throughout the lifespan of your air conditioner, it’s natural to need lubrication for motor bearings, the fan belt replaced, refrigerant recharged if there’s a leak, and maybe even ductwork repair.

Fortunately, these are all common and easily treatable problems for our professionals, and if you stay on top of your annual maintenance appointments you won’t have to worry about any of them surprising you out of nowhere.

There’s one repair need, however, that is particularly unpleasant to face: a broken down or damaged compressor. While most other components can be repaired or replaced and you can just resume AC use as normal, a broken compressor may mean it’s time to replace the whole system. Wondering why? Read on!

The Most Expensive Component…

Of all the parts that work together to allow your cooling system to do its job, the compressor is the most costly. For this reason, when it fails we often recommend looking at your system as a whole and considering a complete AC replacement. Usually, this is the most financially-friendly option.

The job of your air conditioner’s compressor is to compress the refrigerant that makes the cooling process possible. Compressor issues can lead to a number of problems such as noisy operation, loss of cooling power, and more.

If you know your compressor is failing or has broken down, the first step you should take is to check the system’s manufacturer warranty. If the warranty is still current, you won’t actually need to pay for the compressor itself, only the labor needed to complete the replacement. If this is the case it is definitely worth considering a compressor replacement.


You’ll want to consider the age of your system, and your budget. If your warranty is no longer good and your air conditioner is over a decade old, then it simply makes the most sense to replace your entire air conditioner. At the end of the day, this is the most budget-friendly option, especially considering that today’s air conditioners are much more efficient than AC systems of the past.

“Can’t I Just Replace the Outdoor Unit Where the Compressor Is Housed?” 

You can, but mismatched systems usually don’t work that great. Also, if your system is still using R-22 refrigerant then this isn’t even possible—this refrigerant has been phased out for a more eco-friendly option, and you can’t have two different refrigerant types in one air conditioning system.

If you suspect your compressor has gone bad or detect symptoms that it’s going bad, like a loss of cooling power or persistent clicking noises as it runs, then the best thing you can do is call in a pro. We’re here to help!

Cool Sunshine Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has served the Metro Denver area since 1997. We are one big happy family, and we’d like you to become a part of it! Contact us today for custom HVAC services, AC repair in Littleton, CO, and more.

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