4 Causes of AC Compressor Failure

AC Unit Being Repaired

AC Unit Being RepairedOne of these days, your AC will experience trouble. Hopefully, it’ll be one of those cheap fixes, like a loose wire or a clogged filter. In case it happens to be your unit’s compressor, then you have a major repair on your hands.

Fortunately, you can delay that for the longest time by avoiding the following causes of compressor failure:

1. Uncleaned coils

Dirt is a big enemy to your AC, especially the compressor. When grime and dust build up on the condenser coil, they interfere with the AC’s ability to expel heat from the system. The unit is forced to run continuously to keep your living space cool, which overworks the compressor and leads to its failure. To avoid this, Whipple Service Champions suggests that you hire an AC service expert in Salt Lake City to clean the unit regularly.

2. Low refrigerant charge

When your unit’s refrigerant lines have holes or cracks, the AC starts to leak refrigerant. With time, the level of the refrigerant will be too low that the compressor must work extra hard to pump adequate refrigerant through the system to keep your home cool. Too much strain on your compressor can cause it to break down.

3. Electrical faults

When there’s electrical failure in your unit, there can be a buildup of acids that usually cause significant damage to some parts of your AC unit, including the compressor. Should an AC technician detect the presence of acids in the compressor, it’s likely that an electrical burnout has damaged the entire system and it may be better to do a replacement job instead of a repair.

4. Contaminants in the AC unit

Contaminants may be introduced in the AC by all manner of things, from heat and pressure to the location of the unit. These contaminants include dust, leaves, debris, soot, leaves, bird droppings and acids. Such contaminants can ruin the compressor. Inspect your unit regularly to determine and fix the problem early.

Your compressor could fail for many reasons, some of which you can avert. All it takes is some preventative maintenance and getting the right help from professionals.