As the days become warmer, you need to make sure that you have an air conditioner that you can count on. After all, you probably don’t want your AC breaking down from overheating in the middle of a hot summer day. In today’s post, local air conditioning contractor Air Pro Inc. discusses how you can prevent your AC compressor from overheating.
The compressor is housed in the air conditioner’s outdoor unit, which is why it’s not immediately obvious when it starts to overheat. There are, however, some signs that indicate a compressor is starting to do so. Stalling and slow periods between cycles is one sign: this indicates the compressor needs to cool down before it can start back up again. Creaking and crackling noises indicate inadequate lubrication that can cause overheating.
The following can also contribute to the compressor overheating. If you notice any of them, make an appointment with your air conditioning repair service technician and have your air conditioner inspected.
Age of compressor — Most air conditioning systems are expected to last about 10 years. Overheating and diminished performance is expected as they approach this age.
Lack of maintenance — Overheating may occur at an early stage if the air conditioner isn’t receiving regular care and maintenance.
Lack of ventilation — If your air conditioner’s outdoor unit is covered off-season, make sure to uncover it before putting it into use. The blower that’s located on top of the outdoor unit helps cool down the compressor, especially during hot weather, so it needs adequate ventilation.
Fortunately, overheating is preventable. Keeping the outdoor unit in a shaded, well-ventilated area can help keep it at a normal temperature. Heeding creaking and crackling noises and making sure that moving components are well-lubricated will help reduce stress that can cause overheating. Lastly, keeping up with routine maintenance as prescribed by your HVAC technician can help prevent unexpected breakdowns due to overheating.