Is Your AC Compressor in Trouble?

If you live in Alexandria, VA, you know an AC is one of the most important appliances in your home. However, when your system starts to experience a few hickups, it could turn into a real inconvenience. Here are four signs to help you identify when your compressor is on the fritz.

The System Won’t Start

The compressor is responsible for circulating the refrigerant throughout the system. When it’s not circulating the fluid, or there isn’t enough of it in the compressor, your AC will have difficulties starting up or completely fail to start.

AC Blowing Warm Air

There could be a problem with the compressor if your AC continues to blow hot air. The cause could be due to the loss of refrigerant in the compressor, mostly through leaking. When your AC system loses refrigerant, it has to work harder to cool the air, which can lead to a build-up of heat and instead blow warm air into your home.

Frequently Tripping Circuit Breaker

The compressor can put a lot of strain on the electrical system because of failing to handle the load like it used to. This can lead to overheating, which in turn trips the breaker, thus, necessitating a professional repair or replacement.

Strange Sounds

A healthy compressor should run quietly, so any unusual sounds are cause for concern and should prompt you to schedule a maintenance checkup. These sounds can range from a faint humming to a loud screeching, and they typically indicate that maybe the bearings in the compressor are starting to wear down.

For a failing AC compressor or installation services, contact us at Indoor Air Quality Medics Heating & Air Conditioning. We can help diagnose the issue and provide a solution before it becomes an expensive repair or replacement hassle. We look forward to bringing comfort back to your home!

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