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Watch for These AC Compressor Problems

watch-for-ac-compressor-problemsYour air conditioner’s compressor is essentially the heart of your AC system—it applies energy to the refrigerant and then propels it through the coils to carry out heat exchange. Without a functioning compressor, an AC system will not produce any cooling effect at all.

When air conditioners begin to show signs of trouble, the compressor is typically one of the main culprits that our repair technicians look at. Many common cooling system problems stem from problems with either this component or its motor, requiring air conditioning repairs in Ogden, UT. And since fixing an AC compressor is not something you can simply watch an online video about and figure out how to do on your own, you will need the assistance of a trained and experienced HVAC professional—which is what we’re here for!

What Problems Might My Compressor Run Into?

  • Poor Pressurization: Your compressor works through a pump action—suction and discharge—in order to draw liquid refrigerant inside, and then compress it into a high-temperature gas. However, the pressure from this pump action can become too low or too high, resulting in a drop in cooling power.
  • Failed Motor: The motor that runs the mechanical action of the compressor may fail, and if it does, your compressor can’t function. In many cases, a failed compressor motor is actually the result of a failed start capacitor—a cylindrical component tasked with sending electrical voltage to the motor to begin operation.
  • Overheating: This could be the result of wiring issues, or it could be a fault in the compressor motor. Whatever the root cause, overheating can and will certainly cause an AC compressor to stop working.
  • Locked Compressor: This is the result of a compressor that is too worn down from either years of operation or lack of preventive maintenance. This could require a replacement compressor. However, if your air conditioner is around 10–15 years old, it is likely more economically beneficial for you to replace the whole system instead.

Whatever problem you might run into with your compressor, we can quickly assess the situation and make recommendations for repairs. Before you give us a call, however, first check to ensure that a circuit breaker hasn’t tripped and that your thermostat settings are correct. Sometimes an issue with an air conditioner isn’t actually an issue with the system at all.

To get your air conditioner serviced ASAP, reach out to your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!

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