small_9322605859When your air conditioner breaks down and you call Hyde’s to have it inspected, one of the last things you want your technician to tell you is that your compressor has failed. That’s because the compressor plays a crucial role in the air conditioning process, and it’s one of the most expensive parts to repair or replace. Luckily, many of the causes of an air conditioner compressor failure are preventable. Today we’re going to talk about why compressors fail and what you can do to keep yours running strong!

What is an air conditioner’s compressor?

An air conditioner compressor is typically located in your outside unit, and it plays a couple big roles in the cooling process. For one, it pumps refrigerant through your system’s cooling coils and refrigerant lines. In addition, it adds heat to refrigerant before the outdoor unit blows air over the condenser coils. This makes it easier to take the heat that was removed from your home and dump it to the air outside.

What causes an air conditioner compressor failure?

A compressor can fail for a number of different reasons. One of the most common reasons is low refrigerant levels. Normally, your compressor is cooled by refrigerant. But if your system is low on refrigerant, it can cause your compressor to overheat.

In addition, if you do not have a professional tune-up performed on your air conditioner every year, your system can develop problems with its electrical wirings or experience a lack of lubrication and cause the compressor to fail.

Finally, your compressor might simply fail due to years of wear-and-tear. This will happen much sooner for systems that are not properly maintained.

How can you prevent an air conditioner compressor failure from occurring?

  • Keep your air conditioner well-maintained. One of the best ways to keep your compressor running strong is to properly maintain your air conditioner. The two most effective ways to do this are to check/change your air filter every month and schedule a professional tune-up every year.
  • Only work with a trusted air conditioning contractor. If your air conditioner is not installed, repaired and maintained by a highly-qualified air conditioning contractor like Hyde’s, your compressor will run a much bigger chance of failing. For example, a low-quality contractor might install the wrong amount of refrigerant in your system or add refrigerant without fixing a refrigerant leak.
  • Take care of A/C problems early. Because your compressor plays such a vital role in the cooling process, it can suffer from problems that originated somewhere else in your system if those problems are not taken care of in a timely manner. That’s why it’s important to give us a call as soon as you notice your system is not working properly.

If you have any questions about an air conditioner compressor failure, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hydes, your Indio, CA, air conditioning contractor.

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