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Signs of Air Conditioner Compressor Failure

Your Houston air conditioner compressor is one of your unit’s most important components. If something goes wrong, you’ll want to know right away so that you can prevent further (and more expensive) damage.

What is AN Air Conditioner Compressor?

The air conditioner compressor is located in the outdoor part of the air conditioner. It pressurizes the refrigerant that flows from it to the inside of your home. This process adds more heat to the refrigerant and allows the heat to be released to the air outside.

Air Conditioner Failure Signs

Here are some signs that you should be on the lookout for that would indicate a problem with your compressor:

  • Not enough (or any) cool air in your home.

If the compressor is not working properly, then the cooling process will not work properly and your home will not get enough cool air. Air conditioner compressor failure is only one reason why you may not be getting enough cool air, and you will need to have the problem checked out by a qualified technician.

  • Shaking and stuttering when the unit kicks on.

If your outdoor condenser unit is shaking and stuttering every time it kicks on, the compressor may be failing. These types of “hard starts” are a sign of a unit that needs to be replaced.

  • Strange noises coming from the condenser unit.

It’s normal for the outdoor unit of your air conditioner to make a certain amount of noise when it’s operating. If you notice that it’s starting to make more noise than usual or it’s making noises that are unfamiliar, you should have it checked to rule out compressor failure. Any change in your air conditioner function should be checked out by a qualified HVAC technician.

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