Got a busted AC compressor? Your first question is probably: “Alright, how much is this going to cost me?”
Well, the cost to replace an AC compressor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is usually between $1,350 and $1,800.
We know, that’s a lot of money. So much that you’re probably wondering…
Well, it depends on the age of your compressor.
We recommend just replacing the compressor.
If your AC compressor is less than a year old, it’s mostly likely still covered under your parts and your labor warranty. This means you shouldn’t have to pay anything out of pocket to replace the compressor.
How to find out if your unit is still under warranty:
You’re probably better off replacing the entire AC system.
Replacing the compressor in an AC that’s pushing (or already passed) the 10-year mark most likely isn’t worth the investment. Most ACs only last about 10–15 years, meaning if other parts on the unit haven’t broken yet, they’re going to soon.
Plus, you should consider replacing your old unit with one that’s more energy efficient. According to Energy.gov, you could save 20–40% on your cooling costs by doing so.
If you do upgrade to a more efficient unit, we recommend replacing your AC whole system, not just the outside unit.
You see, your system is most efficient when your inside and outside units have the same SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). SEER is the measurement of how efficient an AC is—the higher the SEER, the more efficient the AC. When your units have different SEER ratings, it puts a lot of stress on your system and may even cause the system to die sooner than expected.
Related reading: How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Air Conditioner in Minneapolis?
If you’re not sure whether you should replace your compressor or the whole system, think about these factors:
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you might want to replace your entire system.
If you’re not sure what you should do, give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you have or give you a free quote to install a new AC system.
If you just want to replace the compressor, your cost will depend on these factors:
Let’s go over each of these cost factors in more detail.
The “size” of an AC unit refers to its cooling capacity (tonnage), not so much its physical dimensions. The larger the tonnage of your AC, the more it will cost to replace the compressor.
Residential AC units are measured in tons and typically range from 1–5 tons, including half sizes (1.5 tons, 2.5 tons, etc.). Higher ton AC units have more powerful compressors, so they’ll be more expensive to replace.
Compressors with more speeds are more expensive to replace.
AC compressors have three cooling speeds:
While the compressors above are ranked from least expensive to most expensive to replace, they’re also ranked from least efficient (most expensive to run) to most efficient (least expensive to run).
Who you hire to replace your AC compressor has a big impact on your cost. Sure, you could find a contractor to replace your compressor cheap, but you get what you pay for.
You’re better off hiring a qualified AC contractor that will back their service if something goes wrong.
We recommend you hire a company that:
If you need more help deciding whether you should replace your compressor or entire AC system, just contact us.
We’ll answer your questions and give you a free quote to replace your compressor or AC system.