In almost every commercial and/or industrial building, the HVAC system is an integral part of daily operations. As a result, productivity will often fall short when the HVAC system isn’t operating at full capacity. Although an HVAC system can stop working in the midst of a scorching summer day due to different reasons, a faulty compressor is the most common one. When the HVAC system needs a compressor replacement, contractors and facility owners are faced with three main choices: a new compressor from the OEM, a remanufactured AC compressor, or a rebuilt compressor.
At Compressors Unlimited, our primary business is remanufacturing and selling different Carrier, Copeland, Danfoss, Frascold, Hitachi, York, Trane, and Bitzer air conditioning and refrigeration compressors as well as spare parts and accessories. The top-quality remanufactured compressors that we provide have several advantages over factory-new OEM and rebuilt compressors. Because choosing the right compressor can be quite confusing, knowing what to look for when deciding whether a new, remanufactured, or rebuilt AC compressor is right for your system and budget will help you make an informed decision.
Cost and Warranty
A lower price is one of the most appealing benefits of opting for a remanufactured compressor. But not only will a remanufactured AC compressor have a lower initial cost than a new compressor from an OEM; it’s also backed by the same warranty as many OEM’s offer.
At Compressors Unlimited, for example, we provide a 12-month limited warranty on all the commercial compressors we remanufacture and sell. That’s because all the components that we use in our products are rigorously checked, cleaned, remachined, and/or upgraded in order to meet and even exceed the latest OEM specifications and tolerances. Any parts that fail to meet the standards required are replaced with new parts. As well, any worn-out components or parts that are particularly subject to wear and tear, such as bearings, O-rings, seals, and valves, are always replaced with new parts, even when they’re in good condition.
Additionally, we thoroughly inspect and test all the components, including the rods, pistons, and crankshaft, in order to ensure they fully comply with the most recent OEM standards. The same inspection and stringent tolerance testing are used for the valve plates, stator as well as the actual compressor casting and cylinder walls.
Before being released into inventory, our remanufactured AC compressors are fully run, tested, and leak checked under full nitrogen charge by submerging them in liquid to confirm the absence of any leaks. This allows us to guarantee that all of the remanufactured AC compressors that we produce will perform as intended and for the lifespan expected. Therefore, by opting for one of our remanufactured compressors, you’ll get a like-new compressor unit at a fraction of the cost of a new commercial compressor, while keeping the protection of a limited warranty.
With the growing demand for environmentally friendly alternatives, remanufactured AC compressors offer a way for commercial and industrial facilities to adopt more sustainable practices.
Because a new commercial compressor requires all new materials, substantial amounts of energy are typically consumed for the production of new compressor units. Conversely, a remanufactured compressor, which includes different new components, uses considerably less energy to produce. Besides saving energy and preventing the production of millions of tons of CO2 every year, remanufacturing activities save millions of pounds of waste out of our landfills. That’s because a remanufactured compressor usually keeps the old casting and many other usable parts out of landfills, significantly reducing the impact that different components discarded as scrap would otherwise have on the environment.
Even though many of the components discarded are melted down to be reused, remelting components also requires a great deal of energy. On the other hand, reusing compressor parts gives at least a second life to different components, while reducing the need for raw materials, like iron, copper, aluminum, which are required to build new parts. All these aspects turn a remanufactured compressor into a more environmentally friendly alternative compared to a brand-new compressor.
Because the AC compressor models that we remanufacture also include different recycled components, they are a much "greener" option than factory-new OEM compressors. Not only do we recycle some parts and prevent them from ending up as industrial waste products, we also help extend the life of the entire system, limiting the need for increased manufacturing and use of raw materials.
By simply considering all the compressor replacement options available today, comparing the limited warranties, checking the price differences, and assessing the real reasons behind the energy conservation efforts involved in our remanufacturing activities, you’ll find out why so many facility owners, managers, and operators choose a remanufactured AC compressor from Compressors Unlimited.