Although many homeowners might not know much about their air conditioner’s compressor, it is a vital part that plays a very important role in the cooling process. If your compressor encounters problems, it makes it nearly impossible for your home to remain comfortable and your system can quickly break down. Today we’re going to talk about some of the most common air conditioner compressor problems and what you can do to ensure your compressor remains in great condition!
Before we talk about common compressor problems, we’d like to take a moment to talk about what the compressor actually does. When refrigerant inside your air conditioner’s evaporator coils absorbs heat from your home’s air, that refrigerant is sent to the compressor. Inside the compressor, the refrigerant is compressed, which heats the refrigerant up and turns it into a high pressure, hot gas. By increasing the temperature and pressure of the refrigerant, the air outside that’s blown over the condenser coils can easily absorb the heat, which is the last step in how your air conditioner removes heat from your home.
The best way to ensure your compressor stays in great condition is to keep your air conditioner well-maintained. The two best ways to do this are to schedule annual tune-ups for your system, so that we can inspect your compressor at least once per year, and to change your air filter regularly, which can prevent cascading issues that will eventually affect your compressor.
The compressor is one of your air conditioner’s most important parts, and replacing it is expensive. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a second opinion if your compressor has been condemned by another contractor. Jerry Kelly offers free second opinions on condemned compressors, so you can have risk-free inspection performed by a highly-reputable contractor before making any big decisions about repairing or replacing your system’s compressor!
If you have any questions about these common air conditioner compressor problems, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles, MO, air conditioning contractor. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Weldon Spring, Wentzville and Winghaven, MO.