When you have an air conditioner that seems to be failing to cool down the home, be aware that there could be many things wrong with the unit. An air conditioning system is made of many parts and components that work together to create the cool air for your home. When one of the components begins to fail, the entire system struggles to create the cool air. One of the major component of an air conditioning system is the compressor. Hal Mechanical will share the common signs of a failing compressor.
AC Compressor Does Not Turn On
One of the common signs that your compressor has failed or is failing is that it doesn’t start up. The thermostat inside your home detects that the temperature has warmed up. It will then trigger a cooling cycle. The compressor is one of the first components to start up. If you do not hear the compressor starting up there is a problem. However, it may not be the compressor that is the direct problem. The compressor has electrical components that may be at fault as well. You will need the compressor inspected to determine why it is failing to start up.
Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air
The compressor is housed in the outdoor unit. When the outdoor unit appears to be running but you feel warm air blowing into the home, this is a problem. When the air conditioning system appears to be running yet you only feel warm air, this can be one of two problems. One could be a refrigerant leak which will need to be located and repaired. However, the compressor could be failing. The compressor is essential to removing the heat from the air, and without a properly functioning compressor, the air cannot cool down. When you are feeling warm air it is either a refrigerant leak or a broken down compressor.
Loss of Power to AC
When your air conditioner loses power check the circuit breaker to the HVAC system. If the breaker has tripped this can be a sign there is a problem with the compressor. When a compressor overheats it will cause the breaker to trip. Overheating is a sign or symptom of stress. There can be a number of different reasons why a compressor will undergo stress. It could be as simple as a dirty air filter. It could also be that the compressor is wearing down and working harder to run. The compressor will require some investigating to determine why it is stressed and receive the proper repairs.
AC Making Vibrating Noise
The compressor is located inside the outdoor unit which is called the condenser. When the compressor begins to develop problems, it will start to make noise and or vibrate. When the compressor vibrates and makes a lot of noise, this is a common sign the compressor is on its way out. The compressor will need to be inspected and most likely replaced.