Is your air conditioner not functioning well? You might be wondering whether the issue with your unit is a small problem or a serious one. Calling the professionals might have already crossed your mind, but you thought about tackling the problem yourself. If you think that your unit has a problem, you need to take immediate actions to address it.
One of the problems that can cause your unit to stop functioning is AC compressor failure. Since the compressor is the heart of your AC, responsible for pressurizing your refrigerant, you need to make sure that it is in top condition. If you are worried that your AC is doing something unusual, you need to call a qualified professional to diagnose the problem.
Never ignore these telltale signs of air conditioner compressor failure:
Compressor fails to turn on
Your unit might have already been powered on, but it may not achieve the temperature to produce cold air. The fan may be working, but you need to check the condensing unit as this might be where the problem lies. You can hear the sound of the fan as this means that there is a power to the unit. However, if your air conditioner is not producing cold air, your compressor fails to run. If this happens, you need to turn down your thermostat and attempt to get your compressor to come on.
If it still does not work, there might be some underlying problems that you have to address. Never fool around with a damaged compressor. Only an HVAC expert can help you diagnose the source of the problem. This is also the situation where you need to decide whether to replace or repair your unit. Once your compressor fails, the repair costs can be expensive. Investing your money in repairing the unit might not be a good idea if you have an aging cooling system.
The unit produces warm air
Your condenser might appear to be running, but the cooling system is unable to produce cold air. If you only get warm air from your cooling system, this is an indicator that your compressor is failing. When your compressor is unable to pump refrigerant through your unit, this will block your air conditioner’s ability to produce cold air.
There can be an underlying problem that is causing your system to blow warm air. A refrigerant leak might be one of the causes of this problem. When your unit no longer has enough refrigerant charge, the problem will cause your compressor to work overtime. This is one problem that you cannot afford to ignore. Call an AC repair technician to fix the problem right away.
Circuit breaker tripping
If you notice that your outside condensing unit keeps on losing power, it is a symptom of an AC compressor failure. Circuit breaker tripping is also a common problem associated with a damaged compressor. Once your compressor starts to overheat, it will draw too much power, which results in circuit breaker tripping. Avoid resetting your circuit breaker or turning the cooling system back on. You need to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician to diagnose the problem. You will be given recommendations based on their diagnosis.
An outside air conditioning that is producing a sound which is louder than usual indicates a problem. It is a symptom of a compressor failure. Your condenser becomes noisy when its electrical components are already failing. If a fan motor is rattling around or dislodged from your condenser unit, it is a sign of a bigger problem.
You have to call a professional to have it fixed before the condenser can damage your cooling system. The strain on your system often leads to AC compressor failure. While it might be tempting to fix the problem yourself, the fact that you are not trained for the job can only do more damage than good.
You cannot afford to ignore these symptoms as repair or replacement is expensive. Preventative maintenance is important because it will diagnose the problem and resolve minor issues before they cause your air conditioner unit to become inefficient. Your unit needs to receive regular maintenance so you can extend its life and ensure that it will continue to produce cold air in many years to come.