The air compressor is a key portion of any air conditioning unit in Puget Sound, and when it is failing it is important to try and catch the warning signs so you do not have to pay to much to replace it. Here are a few examples of sigs you will notice during air conditioning maintenance, and a few solutions you might be able to apply.
When you start your air conditioning unit, does it start smoothly, or does it sound like it is jerking on, and not everything is turning on in unison? If the air conditioner jerks on that is called a hard-start, and it is one of the first signs that your compressor is struggling. Noises coming from your air conditioning unit will always be a good indication of how it is operating. If there is clanking, buzzing, grumbling, or just anything outside the realm of a fan and electric humming noise there is a good chance that air conditioner repairs are needed.
If you are familiar with how to open up your AC unit, try to locate the compressor motor. If you can tell that the wiring has shorted out, or the wiring has become irreparably tarnished this is an indication that your compressor, or motor has to be replaced.
A few obvious signs that your compressor is broken, is if the circuit breaker shorts off every time the AC unit turns on, or the unit just hums when it is turned on. It is important to not completely give up on the compressor though, because if the unit is not turning on there could just be a loose electrical connection. A professional HVAC technician should really repair these electrical problems.
If you are not receiving optimal performance from your cooling system call G & S Heating and Cooling to have our team of HVAC technicians service your cooling equipment.