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What happens if you don’t replace your broken ac compressor?

You don’t think about them when they are working properly and cooling your home and business, keeping you comfortable on the hottest of summer days.

But, then it happens: Your unit breaks down and suddenly the interior temperature of your home or business rivals that of the outside, leaving you wondering exactly what’s going on with your air conditioner.

One of the most common causes of a malfunctioning air conditioner is a failing compressor. And this is something you simply can not afford to ignore or ride out until the return of cooler weather in the fall and winter, for both financial and health reasons.

What exactly is an ac compressor? It is the part of the air conditioning unit that transforms the refrigerant chemicals from liquid to gas and back to liquid in a never ending cycle that produces cold air.

Signs of a failing ac compressor

Never fear. Your air conditioner’s compressor will not fail on you without warning. Here are some signs of potential compressor failure:

Just before it fails, compressor will begin hard-starting or struggling to switch on. You may hear a chattering or rattling noise, which could be signaling a problem with the unit’s compressor.

If you notice a clicking sound when the unit turns on, that could mean that the compressor’s motor mounts have worn out. When that happens, the motor that cool air from inside the compressor has become loose and is moving round inside the seal case that encloses it.

Puddles or moisture around any part of your ac unit could also be a symptom of compressor failure. Refrigerant could be leaking out of the compressor and that could lead to potential health concerns such as coughs, headaches, irritated eyes and nausea. If all the refrigerant leaks out, it could cause the unit to overheat.

More subtle signs of ac compressor failure include reduced air coming from vents; warm air coming from vents; and a unit that is running virtually constantly. All of which will lead to an increased power bill if the compressor is not repaired.

The heart of your ac unit is the compressor, which contains both chemical and electrical components. When functioning properly, you won’t even notice that it is doing its job.

But if its not and you are ready to get it fixed, call us at 408-295-2182.

What’s the average cost for a central air compressor?

The four parts used in most central air systems are the compressor, evaporator, expansion valve, and a condenser. Of these parts, the compressor is responsible for circulating coolant through the unit. It does this by compressing freon into a high temperature gas that is then pushed through to the outdoor coil, where at this time the heat is radiated away. From here the coolant returns to liquid form to be pumped back through the interior coils to suck up heat and turn back into gas again. This process cycles over and over again to maintain a cool temperature inside your home or office.

Depending on the model and make of your unit, on average the cost of a replacement compressor can run from anywhere between $300 to $600. However, this is only the cost of the part itself, and hiring a technician will cost you about $1500 to $2000 on average. Seeing the difference in price, it may be incredibly tempting to make a repair job yourself. The caveat is that you need to have an HVAC license in most states to legally work on an air conditioning unit. So while it doesn’t hurt to do further research into what could be a small issue, if it’s something you can’t fix without opening up your air conditioning unit, the chances are that you’ll need to call someone.

Signs a Compressor Needs Replacing

Like many machines, there are several common signs that can tell you whether or not your compressor needs to be replaced by a certified technician. Below is a list of some common problems caused by a faulty compressor. These issues can be caused by wear and tear due to high usage, power surges burning out the circuits of the compressor, or excess moisture buildup causing chemical damage to the unit.

  • The number one sign a compressor needs to be replaced is that your unit no longer blows out cool air.
  • The fan is no longer audible when you turn on your air conditioning unit.
  • Loud noises are coming from the inside of your A/C.
  • The clutch of your air conditioning unit remains still and does not move.
  • Fluid leaks develop at the connectors of your compressor.
  • Dust and other material clogs the compressor’s fan and causes the motor to burn out.

If you happen to be experiencing issues with your HVAC system, give us a call so we can help! Call now at 408-295-2182