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How to Tell if Your AC Compressor Is Bad

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How to Tell if Your AC Compressor Is Bad

Diagnosing what is wrong with your AC unit is the first step to fixing the problem.  The AC compressor is an essential part of your air conditioner unit, which makes it a culprit for numerous malfunctions. 

Our Garland air conditioning experts at Quick Solutions Air Conditioning & Heating share the four main signs to tell if an AC compressor is bad:

1. Moisture around Your Unit

Puddles or wetness around an AC unit is never a good sign.  It is possible for your unit to leak refrigerant from the compressor.  This can be incredibly hazardous since it can contaminate your air and cause headaches, coughing, nausea, irritated eyes, and more. Eventually, your unit will stop working as the chemical leaks completely out of your machine. If you see moisture around your unit, immediately schedule a repair service.

2. Strange Noises

When in doubt, follow your ear. A noisy air conditioner is usually a good indication that something is wrong. When an AC compressor starts to fail, it will hard-start when the air conditioner is turned on. As it struggles to turn on, it will create a ticking, chattery sound.  This is usually a clear indication that the electric relay switch is wearing out and needs to be replaced by a professional.

If you hear a rumbling or clicking sound when you turn on your air conditioner, you could be experiencing a different issue with your compressor. Typically that sound is associated with the compressor motor mounts failing. When this happens, the motor that pushes cool air into the compressor is loose and rattles around in your unit.  A Garland AC repair specialist can easily fix the problem.

3. Blowing Warm Air

If your AC compressor is on the fritz, it could still be blowing air but not at the temperature you want. A compressor that is low on refrigerant is going to continue to function and push air through the system, but be unable to cool it. If you notice that your AC is only able to push out warm air, it could be a sign that your compressor is going bad.

4. Slow Air Flow

If your AC just isn’t able to produce air flow, it could be because your compressor can’t produce enough cold air.  When this happens, you can hear that the air conditioner is running but not producing any air. It is important to get a second opinion from an HVAC professional since poor air flow could also be a sign of dirty air ducts, which would require an air duct cleaning service.

If you want to schedule a repair service in Garland for your AC compressor or need a second opinion, call Quick Solutions Air Conditioning & Heating at (469) 721-6659 or fill out our online form.

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