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Reasons for Compressor Failure

Reasons for compressor failure

When your AC is not cooling your home as it should, one of the reasons could be compressor failure. When your AC’s compressor fails, you will face a significant air-conditioning repair job. However, there are ways to prevent this from happening.

With careful maintenance of your AC, you can avoid compressor failure and its subsequent repair and replacement costs. How can you tell if your compressor is heading for disaster? Here are some indicators that you can spot and need to avoid:

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  • Dirty Coils – When dirt and grime build up on your condenser coils, the system cannot expel the heat that it accumulates, causing the compressor to overheat. To avoid this, make sure that your AC undergoes regular AC maintenance and cleaning to keep your coils and other parts clean.
  • Incorrect refrigerant amount – When your AC has too much or too little refrigerant in it, you will have a problem. The compressor must work harder to keep your home cool if there is too little refrigerant in it, while too much refrigerant will build up the pressure in your unit and damage your compressor in the process.
  • Contaminant buildup – When contaminants like oil and debris enter your compressor, it can damage your compressor. Other contaminants that can destroy your compressor include moisture, which can cause corrosion to happen, and dust.

What to Do in the Event of Compressor Failure

When your compressor fails and your AC won’t function the way it should, you will need to have your compressor repaired or replaced. Depending on the age of your HVAC system, it may be more cost-effective to install a new AC unit instead of having your old compressor fixed.

Replacing your old AC with a new AC because of compressor failure can be a wise move, particularly if your old system is inefficient and your energy costs are rising. Choosing a new AC instead of having your old AC repaired requires doing research on the latest air-conditioning options comparing them to your current system.

Whatever you decide to do, when you need help with your AC issues in New Jersey, the company you can trust is Par-Troy HVAC. You can contact us for all your AC, heating, and ductwork concerns at 973-363-2324.


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