DIY vs. PRO compressor replacement concerns

Dustin Edwards Written by Dustin Edwards
Professional Compressor Replacement | Edwards Heating & Air

Are you considering replacing your compressor on your own? If you are, then you should think about what type of compressor is in your heating and air unit and make sure that the issue is really with the compressor.

Types of Compressors

If you have finally figured out what your compressor does and where it is located within your HVAC unit, then it’s time to determine which kind of compressor you have. The 4 different types are listed below:

  • Rotary compressor
  • Reciprocating compressor
  • Scroll compressor
  • Variable speed compressor

Compressor Concerns

Once you have figured out which type of compressor is in your unit, next is to figure out the best way to replace it.  There are a few things that indicate the problem with your heating and air unit is the compressor, such as:

  • Compressor doesn’t turn on at all
  • HVAC unit is blowing warm air
  • Outdoor condensing unit shakes when first starting up
  • Continuous tripping of the circuit breaker

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your HVAC unit, then you have two choices.  You can attempt to replace the compressor on your own or hire a professional to perform AC repair and replace the compressor.  

AC Repair by a Pro

Compressors are expensive to replace regardless of doing it yourself or hiring an expert.  If you considering changing the compressor yourself, you should consider the risks of doing it yourself:

  • The location of a compressor makes changing it hard.
  • It is easy to damage other components inside the unit when trying to get to the compressor.  
  • The process of replacing the compressor is intense and requires a lot of steps to ensure proper installation.  

An HVAC professional has been trained on how to replace every type of compressor in the industry.  AC repair can be confusing and overwhelming for homeowners, especially when it is expensive.  Replacing a compressor yourself can end up costing you in the end due to damaged parts or improper installation.

Edwards Heating & Air is ready to assist you with your compressor needs.  Call us today and schedule service with one of our NATE-certified technicians.