The air conditioner’s compressor is a major component that compresses and moves the refrigerant to the evaporator coil to create cool air. When the compressor develops a problem or begins to fail, often you will have a very hot home. Often when the compressor begins to fail, it will produce some kind of warning signs. When you detect the warning signs that your compressor is failing, you will want to seek professional assistance and have the compressor replaced to ensure your home stays cool all summer long. Hal Mechanical will share some of the common signs of compressor failure.
Outside Unit Making Loud Noise
The compressor is inside the outdoor unit which is the condenser. When the condenser switches on and you notice a loud noise coming from the unit, it is most likely the compressor. If the compressor develops a loud banging or screeching noise, this points to a major problem such as overheating or a broken piece within the compressor. In some cases, the problem causing the noise can be fixed. However, in most cases the compressor will need to be replaced.
Leaking AC Refrigerant
The refrigerant enters the compressor in its liquid state. When the compressor’s bearing becomes loose, the refrigerant can leak out. Often you will see the liquid refrigerant spilling out of the condenser. This only occurs when the compressor bearing is loose. The bearing can be replaced or tightened and the refrigerant refilled to restore your cooling system. The refrigerant is toxic to the environment, so if you discover the liquid, turn off the cooling system until it can be repaired by a professional HVAC technician.
Sudden Spike in Electric Bill
When the cooling system begins to develop a problem such as a failing compressor, the cooling system is not as effective. When the air conditioner’s performance is affected by a failing component often it needs to run more cycles which will cause your power bill to increase. An increasing power can point to a number of different problems which is why it is important to have your cooling system evaluated by a professional to determine which component is failing.
Weak & Warm Airflow
If you notice your home is feeling a bit warm, it is good to check the vents and feel the air that is coming through. If the air flow is weak and or feeling warmer than normal, this can point to a few different problems. Warm and weak air flow can be a sign that the compressor is wearing down. However, it can also be due to a dying blower motor, or low refrigerant. It is not a good sign when the air flow is weak and or warm. Again seek professional HVAC service to determine the problem if this happens.
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When the compressor is showing signs that it is failing, seek HVAC services. We can perform an inspection and diagnosis of your air conditioner and determine if your compressor can be repaired or needs to be replaced. For fast and reliable HVAC services, contact Hal Mechanical today.