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How Do You Know When the AC Compressor is Bad?

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by

The AC compressor on the air conditioning unit for your Fort Worth home is the vital component for producing cool air. In this summer heat, you need to be able to keep the AC going, and the AC compressor is what pumps the refrigerant through the unit that allows it to produce the cool air. Without it you are just blowing around that warm Texas air.

If your AC is blowing out warm air, then that is a good indication that your AC compressor is either bad or not working for some reason. It is usually best for you to call a professional out to look at it. But before you do, there are a few things you can do to help diagnose the problem in advance and maybe save some money.

First of all, turn the thermostat down to a very low temp. The goal here is to give the outside unit a reason to kick on.  From here, you can judge if the air conditioner is turning on at all.  If the outside unit is on, but sounds a bit different than usual, you might be hearing just the fan, and not the AC compressor and the fan.  This is an indication of a problem.

If neither are on, go inside and check the circuit breaker. If it is on, go ahead and kick it off, wait a minute or so, then kick it back on. Next, go out to the unit and check the outdoor service switch to make sure it is on.

If that does not solve the problem, then look at both the fan and the AC compressor-condensing coil. Make sure that neither one have any obstructions that might prevent them from operating.

If none of the above has been able to get your AC compressor working, then you really need to call in a professional to take the unit apart and diagnose it. This involves working with the capacitor and requires a professional.

AirRite makes quick appointments, especially in emergency situations when an air conditioning unit is non-functional.  Call today or schedule an appointment online and keep your family cool and comfortable this summer!

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