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January 9, 2015
Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Is It the Compressor?
The compressor in your air conditioning system is the hot shot of the system, pressurizing the refrigerant so that heat can be released in order to cool your home. The compressor is one of three major components, and if something malfunctions with the compressor, you will likely see problems develop fairly quickly. However, deciphering whether or not you have a problem with the compressor can be a challenge, particularly when you aren’t an air conditioning expert in Fernandina Beach, FL, as most homeowners aren’t, so here are some signs that your compressor may need repair:
A few things can cause warm air to blow into your home when you are expecting cool air, but one of those things is the compressor. For your air conditioner and compressor to work correctly, an exact amount of refrigerant is needed for operation. If a refrigerant leak develops, which is fairly common, the refrigerant level will drop and cause problems with the heat release/cooling process.
Are you hearing or seeing the effects of stuttering at start-up or during operation? This can indicate that a problem has developed with one of the capacitors. Your compressor has two capacitors: a start capacitor and a run capacitor. Each one helps keep the compressor operating smoothly, but stuttering either during start-up or operation means it’s time to have a professional take a look at the capacitors.
A screeching sound coming from your compressor is an indication that the internal parts of the component are under too much pressure and air is escaping from a valve. This is a potentially dangerous situation and requires immediate turn-off of the system and a professional.
Constant Tripping of Circuit Breaker
Your air conditioner has its own circuit breaker in your electrical panel; if something draws too much electricity, the circuit shuts down, cutting off all power to the air conditioner. If your compressor has wiring or other electrical problems, it may draw too much power and cause the breaker to trip.
Compressors are complex components and should only be repaired by a trained expert.