When Is Air Conditioning Compressor Repair Needed?

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The compressor is one of the most important components in an air conditioner. Compressors are found in typical refrigeration systems including refrigerators, and they help to cool the refrigerant that later cools the system. This, therefore, means that any issues with the compressor could cause the system to fail.

It's important to know when it's time to repair the compressor. If you're running your AC when its compressor is damaged, you could end up causing irreparable damage. How can you tell that it's time to repair the compressor?

Watch Out for Unusual Noises

Although it's probably the loudest component of an AC system, the noise produced by compressors is usually relatively low. After some time, in fact, you should become accustomed to the sound of the compressor cycling on and off.

However, you should pay close attention to any changes in the quality of the sounds produced by the compressor. Anything that's not normal should be a reason to worry. High-pitched or grinding noises are, particularly, problematic since they're caused by metal-to-metal contact. This means that there might be accelerated wearing of the compressor's internal parts. You should have a maintenance service such as Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. look at the compressor immediately.

Compressor Cycling On and Off in Short Periods

It's normal for a compressor to cycle on and off when your AC unit has been turned on. However, it's not normal if the compressor is cycling on and off with increased frequency. If this is happening, it's possible that something is causing your compressor to overheat. The system might, therefore, be shutting off when the compressor overheats.

However, this can also be caused by a malfunctioning thermostat sending the wrong signals to the AC. Regardless of the cause of the problem, an AC services provider will have to also check the compressor and perform repairs if required.

Frequent Circuit Breaker Tripping

Frequent circuit breaker trips could also indicate a compressor malfunction. Circuit breakers trip when there is too much current being drawn. This usually happens when the number of components on a particular line is high.

However, certain appliances in your home, on their own, may draw enough current to cause a circuit breaker to trip. An AC with a malfunctioning compressor can definitely have this effect. The malfunctioning compressor can draw too much power, causing the tripping. It's best to have a professional look at the appliance. DIY repair for such issues is not advisable.


4 March 2019

Stop Mold in Its Tracks

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