Every part of your air conditioning system is important to its operation. But the part that does the most work, and is essential to your AC’s success at cooling your home, is the compressor. This part works as the pump that applies pressure to the refrigerant to transform it into a hot, high-pressure gas that will circulate through the heat exchange cycle. Because of the amount of strain that the compressor goes through during an average summer, it’s the part most likely to experience malfunctions and require professional repair work. Replacing a broken compressor is an expensive fix, so it’s important to move fast with calling for repairs when you suspect something’s wrong with your air conditioner.
Compressor troubles you may need fixed
- Hard-starting compressor: If you notice that your air conditioner is starting and stopping repeatedly, then it’s “short-cycling,” a malfunctions that will put immense stress on the components and drain extra power. There are different possibilities for why this happens, but a compressor that is hard-starting because of wear is the most frequent cause. Technicians can attach a hard-start kit to the compressor to fix this.
- Failed compressor motor: The motor that powers the compressor can suffer a burn-out from overheating, or its capacitor can fail. In the former case, HVAC technicians will need to replace the motor. The latter case only requires replacing the capacitor, which is one of the easier repairs to perform for a compressor.
- Pressure problems: The compressor may start to lose suction pressure or discharge pressure, which will cause a drop in refrigerant pressure throughout the air conditioning system. If you notice that your home is no longer getting as cool as it should and there are hot spots in rooms, pressure trouble in the compressor is a likely cause.
- Burnt-out compressor: Loose wiring can cause the compressor itself to burn-out by grounding it. The compressor can also burn out if refrigerant flows the wrong direction into it (which is known as slugging).
When you need air conditioning repairs in Whittier, CA, call JW Heating and Air Whittier. We service the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley Areas.