As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
Heating and air conditioning systems are responsible for a huge chunk of your utility bills. This means you can manage your energy bills by making sure that the heating and air conditioning systems are always well maintained and running efficiently. This means you should recognize the signs and symptoms of the common AC failures, such as these signs of compressor failure:
The System Is Circulating Warm Air
The compressor's main function is to force the refrigerant from the evaporator, through the expansion valve, and back into the evaporator. This will not happen if the compressor is malfunctioning, and the air will not be cooled. As a result, your AC system will only be circulating warm air (and the air volume will also be diminished) throughout the house, which means it will only be wasting energy. Note that there are other possible causes of inadequate cooling (low refrigerant level caused by a leak is one of them); therefore, this isn't a definitive sign of compressor failure.
The Circuit Breaker Is Constantly Tripping
The compressor is one of several electromechanical parts of your AC system, which means it has both electrical and mechanical parts. Therefore, both mechanical and electrical issues can lead to the compressor's failure. If the problem has electrical origins, then it may cause the compressor to overheat and draw too much power, which will cause the circuit breaker to trip. The circuit breaker will continue tripping every time the AC is running until the issue is resolved. Therefore, if the breaker in the AC's circuit is constantly tripping, you should suspect a malfunction in the compressor system.
Noises from the Compressor
Noises from the compressor should also tell you that something is amiss. The type of noise may tell you what kind of problem you are dealing with. For example, a chattering or rattling noise from the compressor, especially when you first turn on the AC, means that it is having a hard time starting; this is what is known as hard-starting. The rattling noise you hear is the electrical relay switch struggling to start the compressor. You may also hear clicking or rumbling noises if the motor mounts are damaged and the motor is let loose and is thrashing around its housing.
Compressor failure is one of the most common AC failures, so you should always be on the lookout for the above symptoms. Consult an HVAC repair service as soon as you suspect that something is wrong with the system.