Stockbridge, GA is known for long, hot, and humid summers. Your air conditioner will work hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. After performing thousands of cooling cycles, the AC compressor may show signs of wear and tear. If your air conditioner’s compressor tries to start but fails, you’ll need prompt professional repair services. Let’s take a look at the signs and causes of compressor problems.
Tripped Circuit Breaker
The compressor demands a lot of current at the start of each cooling cycle. This high demand increases if the compressor has an electrical problem, explains the Department of Energy. If the compressor draws too much electricity, it will trip your circuit breaker and fail to start. The AC may try to turn on a minute or two later, only to fail again. Turn off the AC, reset the breaker, and turn it on again. Wait for a cooling cycle to start. If the breaker trips again, it likely has an AC compressor issue.
Unusual Sounds or Odors
According to Energy Star, unusual noises indicate that your air conditioner needs attention. The compressor creates grinding, clanking, or chattering noises when it has a mechanical issue. If the compressor has an electrical problem, you may hear rattling, growling, or loud humming sounds. An AC compressor problem may also cause unusual odors. If you notice a chemical or burning smell, immediately turn off the air conditioner and arrange for urgent professional repair services.
Causes of Compressor Problems
Age-related wear and tear is the most common cause of AC compressor breakdowns. Inadequate maintenance may also cause the compressor to wear out or fail. Electrical issues, such as brown-outs or a nearby lightning strike, may damage the compressor’s wiring and prevent it from turning on. Improper refrigerant levels, dirty coils, and lack of lubrication may also cause AC compressor failure.
To learn more about AC compressor problems, take a look at Jones Climate Control’s professional repair services, or get in touch with us today.