The “dead compressor” is one of the most feared problems with an air conditioner. The compressor is the most powerful part of an air conditioner, the component that uses the most electrical power to run. It’s also essential for an AC to provide cooling power. If a compressor fails because it burns out, the conventional wisdom is that the part is far too expensive to replace. Instead, professionals must replace the entire air conditioning system.
But conventional wisdom isn’t always correct. If you’ve wondered if a burnt-out compressor is the end of the line for your AC, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go into the four different options you have when your air conditioning system’s compressor dies to see which one is best for your situation.