You may not be aware but the outside unit of your air conditioner is your condenser unit. This part of your system serves an essential function. That is, it absorbs the heat inside of your home and releases it outside with the help of refrigerant. This is why if you stand near your condenser unit you will find that it is warm. This is the place where the heat dissipates into the ai from the refrigerant that is being circulated through the system. Your condenser also hires a compressor, which is the part of the component that works the hardest in your cooling system as a whole. Below you can learn everything you need to know about your condenser unit.
If your AC is broken, your condenser could be the problem
We know this isn’t what you want to hear, but it’s true. If your entire air conditioner breaks down, the condenser unit could be the culprit. Don’t get discouraged, however. We get asked all the time whether the condenser unit can be replaced or if the entire cooling system has to be switched out for a new one.
The easy answer is yes, you can absolutely replace the condenser unit only. Some technicians will do this depending on your situation, while others will not. If you have a new system, and the damage occurred because of outside forces, like a storm, replacing just the condenser unit is a good idea. However, it’s important to know that this fix may not be a long term solution. Since the components will not match the rest of your cooling system any longer, the system as a whole may suffer. This is because mixing the old components with the new ones, the older components will wear down faster than the new ones which will likely leave you with a condenser that is new and working but unable to be used once the older components give out.
Should you buy an entirely new system?
When people hear that they may not be able to get long term use of a brand new condenser, they then ask if they should just bite the bullet and buy an entirely new system. In most cases, this is the course of action we would suggest. This is likely going to be the cheaper option in the long run because replacing a cooling system piece by piece can get extremely costly over time. Not only do the pieces come with a hefty price tag, but you will also be paying for labor multiple times. All in all, a big purchase up front will have your wallet thanking you in the long run.
Need the help of a Professional HVAC team?
If you want a personalized opinion on your own cooling system and condenser unit, you can call the expert team at Momentum AC today! We would be happy to tell you everything we know about replacing a condenser unit and give you advice as far as how we believe you should proceed with yours. Contact us now and allow us to be the HVAC team you can trust in your Tampa area home.