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Has Your Georgia AC Compressor Had It?

There are Multiple Benefits to Upgrading…

Let’s start with understanding the basics of an AC compressor. It’s not actually the big metal box outside your home connected to the indoor HVAC; the compressor is located inside the box along with other components. The box itself is commonly referred to as the “ac compressor” because it’s one of the most critical pieces of the process.

A heat pump or AC compressor is essentially a motorized pump. Its job is to move refrigerant gas from the indoor cooling coil to the outdoor AC compressor or condenser where the gas is compressed and cooled back to a liquid form.

Traveling through the larger refrigerant “suction line,” refrigerant gas returns from the indoor air handler cooling coil to the outdoor AC compressor.

Then, the outdoor compressor, or condenser, returns the liquid refrigerant to the indoor air handler and evaporator coil. As the liquid refrigerant evaporates inside the indoor cooling coil, the air loses humidity and cools.

By condensing the refrigerant gas outdoors in the AC compressor, heat moves from inside to outside. If you have a heat pump, the cycle happens in reverse to move heat from the outdoor air to the indoor coil when you need heat.

Serious Indicators Showing Repair Needs For AC Compressors

Subtle issues begin with a reduction in cool air production or warm air coming from your vents when it shouldn’t. These are early signs something in the system is compromised or the ducts/vents are clogged. If, however, you notice any noises out of the ordinary, it’s best to quickly contact a trusted local professional like Ray & Son, to take a look.

  1. A ticking or chattering noise. This sounds similar to the noise when you turn a gas burner to light on a stove. This could indicate the AC compressor is struggling to turn on, or “hard start.” If you hear this when the air conditioning is starting, the electrical relay switch, which starts the compressor may be wearing out. This is advanced level work, so it’s best to consult an HVAC professional.
  2. Click, rattle and roll? Close, a clicking or rumbling noise upon AC startup might also indicate the AC compressor motor mounts have released the motor and it’s bouncing around inside its casing. This is definitely a professional fix. It can be dangerous without the proper education and NATE-certified technicians are given ongoing training with these precise issues.
  3. Puddles. If you find what appear to be leaks around any part of your air conditioning system, it’s possible refrigerant is leaking from the AC compressor. This is serious, because it can cause health risks such as headaches, nausea, coughs and eye irritation. If allowed to continue, your air conditioning will completely stop because it’s missing the chemicals it needs to create cool air. Similar to a leak in a car engine, motors and other moving parts do not like to run out of their coolants and other liquids. This needs to be addressed quickly.

Exterior Maintenance for AC Compressors

When landscaping around an exterior unit like an AC compressor, avoid hitting it with the lawnmower or “weed-eaters.” Although they look tough, the vents can be damaged by everything from a rock thrown by a mower to hailstones.

Be sure to keep vegetation cut back two to three feet from the unit. If you have invasive plants nearby, the greenery can invade and clog the unit. In addition, leaves, twigs and other debris can get trapped inside, impeding its airflow and creating friction.

Consider a Maintenance Plan

For maintenance, it’s wise to take advantage of a service plan, such as Ray & Son’s Comfort Club. The membership includes two scheduled 17-point seasonal tune-ups and cleanings for your heating and cooling systems, including both indoor and outdoor components.

Call Ray & Son at 229-518-9247 for a preventative maintenance appointment, to sign up for the Comfort Club or for an estimate on a new unit. HVAC efficiency has improved drastically in the last decade. Are costs a concern? Don’t worry, we offer multiple financing options.

Whether repairing or replacing air conditioning systems, our NATE-certified and fully insured technicians are happy to explain every step of his or her process and answer all of your questions. We want you to feel comfortable using and maintaining your ductless air conditioning system, as well as comfortable in your home!

If your AC compressor or any HVAC component appears to be struggling, call Ray and Son today for all your maintenance, repair and replacement needs in and around southern Georgia and northern Florida. For more than 50 years Ray and Son has been “Where Service is our Business and Quality is a Way of Life!”