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Dec 2016 07

What Makes AC Compressors Fail In HVAC Systems?

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education

If you’ve been told that your AC compressor is broken, it’s probably not your best day.

AC compressors are one of the most expensive repairs and delicate pieces of your HVAC system.  Understanding what wears them down as well as how to avoid these issues before its too late is extremely important. What Makes AC Compressors Fail

What Makes AC Compressors Fail: What is an AC compressor and how does it become damaged?

 An AC compressor is the “heart” of your HVAC unit. These delicate machines are responsible for taking out hot air from a home and are one of the most critical components when it comes to ensuring proper cold air is filtered into the right areas.

Despite the fact that AC compressors have a lengthy life span of about 15 years and are very dependable, there are underlying issues that can present themselves over time that can have a negative impact on your AC compressor.

Some of these major issues include:

  • Lack of Lubrication from an oil leak or oil pump failure
  • Electrical issues stemming from imbalances in voltage power
  • Overheating from lack of condenser cooling or a rise in pressure over time

What Makes AC Compressors Fail: When is a good time to replace my AC Compressor?

It is never a good thing to wait until the last minute when it comes to your HVAC unit.

When AC compressors become heavily damaged, the end result may be a replacement, which will ultimately cost you the most money in the end.

The good news is that most of the underlying issues that may damage your AC compressor can be prevented with regularly scheduled maintenance of your HVAC system.

Preventative care is your best defense against AC compressor failure, so be sure to contact an HVAC professional before it’s too late.

If you have any questions regarding the health of your HVAC system, or have reason to believe your AC compressor may need professional care, be sure to contact us at (714) 633-8892.

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