You may be able to save money on the price of a rebuilt air conditioning compressor depending on its application. Many times when a compressor breaks down and a new one installed, the old one is sent back to the factory, especially if it is still within the warranty period, where it is examined to determine the cause of the breakdown and then possibly repaired and sold as a reconditioned or rebuilt air conditioning compressor.
Most shade tree mechanics may not consider buying a replacement air compressor simply because a license is needed in order to buy Freon to refill the system. Although there are certain types of air conditioning gases available to refill a system, but depending on the year of the car, its condition and the condition of the rest of the system, buying a rebuilt air conditioning compressor may make better financial sense.
Many repair shops may offer a rebuilt air conditioning compressor as an option to help keep repair prices down, especially on older cars, and most people will opt for a rebuilt air conditioning compressor for a small unit in their home if it keeps the repair cost significantly lower than the replacement cost for the entire unit.
Some Mechanics Claim Rebuilt Is Better
There is some argument that rebuilt air conditioning compressors will last longer and are more dependable than original equipment manufacturer parts as they are inspected closely before leaving the factory. Additionally, those reconditioned by the factory typically have a warranty that goes with them longer than that from non-factory rebuilders. How much money can be saved using a rebuilt air conditioning compressor will depend on the size, type and demand for the unit needed.
When you buy a rebuilt air conditioning compressor for a specific unit or car there is little doubt it will fit physically, as the majority are simply one that was removed from that application and rebuilt with all new internal parts and seals. It would be similar to removing your old one, rebuilding it and putting it back in place. The major difference is that it may, or may not last as long as the original.
On certain applications the cost of a rebuilt air conditioning compressor may be significantly lower, as mush as 50 percent of the price of a new unit while on others the price difference may only be 10 or 20 percent. The decision will be up to the owner to decide if the savings justifies using a reconditioned part.