One of the essential components of your air conditioner is the compressor. The compressor is a belt or electric-driven pump designed to raise the pressure of the refrigerant. Increasing the pressure means raising the temperature, which forces the refrigerant to circulate through the system. High-temperature refrigerant vapor will condense rapidly in the condenser by releasing heat to the surroundings. More importantly, the compressor not only helps in the cooling process. It also ensures that the machine operates efficiently and continuously. For the air-conditioning system to perform at its best, it requires a properly functional compressor. On the contrary, the compressor contains a lot of moving parts and is prone to breaking. If the compressor fails for any reason, the machine may make noises, provide insufficient cooling, or your vehicle may start up slowly. You should be able to drive your car with a broken compressor. But there are a few things to keep in mind, though. It should not affect the belt tension or the operation of other belt-driven accessories as long as the compressor wheel rotates smoothly without wobbling or making noises.