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The Problem With a Failed Compressor

Air conditioners in Bucks and Montgomery Counties are working hard this time of year!

Your air conditioner is an important system for your home comfort that has a lot of complicated parts to it. We don’t expect you to know about how each part of your AC operates. However, we do like to make sure that you have some information on hand to be able to detect when something is wrong with your AC. The more you know, the sooner you can contact us for AC repairs in Collierville, TN.

Today we want to focus on the part of your AC system that can be thought of as the “heart” of the operation: the compressor. When your AC unit develops compressor issues you will need to contact our team of professionals as soon as you can. Here’s how to tell something is up and why it is such a big issue.

What Your Compressor Does

If your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, your refrigerant lines are the veins and your compressor is the heart of it all. Housed in your outdoor unit, your compressor is responsible for compressing your system’s refrigerant so that it turns into a high-pressure gas and is forced through the system to absorb heat and release it outside. This part of your system is absolutely vital to the cooling process as, without it, your refrigerant wouldn’t be able to do anything to adjust the temperature in your home.

While a disconnect in any part of this operation can be bad for your comfort, a problem with your compressor may signal that it is time for a full replacement.

How to Tell Something is Wrong with Your Compressor

If something is up with your compressor, the sooner you catch it the better. You don’t want to be without any cooling power at all this summer! Be on the alert for any of these warning signs:

  • Problematic noises: Sounds such as ticking or rattling may indicate a problem with your compressor. The ticking or clicking may signal that the compressor can’t turn on while rattling may mean there are loose parts in the compressor.
  • Reduced cooling: If your compressor isn’t working the biggest warning sign will be that your home’s comfort is affected. When the compress cannot properly compress that refrigerant, you won’t get the same cooling power as usual. This may start out as a minimal change but will progress rapidly.
  • Constantly tripped circuit breaker: One other warning sign that your compressor is struggling is that it keeps tripping the circuit breaker. If you notice that your AC system is consistently losing power it may be due to the compressor overheating and causing that circuit breaker to trip.

What to Do

If you notice that something is off with your air conditioner, whether it is a problem in your compressor or something else, you should contact Automatic Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for repairs as soon as possible. We will be able to identify the issue and get it resolved whether that means a repair to your compressor, a replacement for this part, or a replacement of the outdoor unit itself.

Since 1943, it’s been Automatic in Memphis! Contact us today to schedule your next AC service.

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