The compressor is the most important component of any air conditioning unit, and one of the more likely components to break. If you are having trouble keeping your home cool, it is a good idea to check your AC unit’s compressor.

IS IT A COMPRESSOR PROBLEM?

Noise: If your unit is noisy, you probably don’t need to worry about your compressor. It’s probably a minor problem with the belts or mounting system, especially if the unit is noisy at one speed and quiet at another.

Temperature: If your air conditioner is blowing hot or warm air, it is very likely that your compressor or one of its components is broken or malfunctioning.

Short-Cycling: If your unit’s compressor is turning on and off frequently, it is in imminent danger. It must be repaired with a hard-starting kit to avoid burning out the compressor.

Burnt-Out Motor: You may not need to replace the entire compressor if only the motor or its capacitator has failed.

Regardless the cause of your compressor troubles, an HVAC technician can help you decide what kind of repair is appropriate.

CAN YOU FIX IT AT HOME?

You may be able to save a little bit of money by diagnosing and solving the problem yourself. First, turn the temperature on the air conditioner all the way down to see if it starts cooling. If it doesn’t, there is something wrong with your compressor.

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL?

Compressor repair and replacement is complicated, so it is best to have an HVAC professional replace a compressor in any unit.

In inexpensive units, such as lower priced window air conditioners, it usually makes more sense to buy a new unit than replace a compressor. A general rule of thumb is that if the price to replace the compressor (which will cost at least $100 and possibly much more, depending on the unit) is more than half the price of the unit new, you should replace the unit.

Call Los Angeles HVAC Company Temperature Control Corp today to learn more.