As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When we hear it, the phrase reminds us of air conditioning compressors. If that sounds strange, let us explain.
Of all the parts of your home air conditioning system, the compressor is one of the most important – and also one of the most expensive to fix if it fails. That’s why maintenance (prevention) is preferable to replacement (cure). Makes more sense now, right?
How an AC compressor works.
Before we cover the ways you can prolong the life of your AC compressor, it’s important to understand what it actually does. Its job is to cycle refrigerant between the evaporator and the condenser coils. The refrigerant keeps the coils cold so they can cool the hot air that is pulled from the inside of your home. During the process, the refrigerant is turned from a liquid to a gas. The condenser then transports the gas refrigerant to the evaporator so it can be turned back into a liquid.
Bottom line, without the compressor, your air conditioner wouldn’t be able to produce the cool air to keep your home comfortable in the summer.
How to prevent compressor failure.
To prevent your AC condenser from wearing down and malfunctioning, it’s recommended that you have an HVAC professional service the unit once or twice a year.
A good maintenance plan should include the following:
We hope this article gives you a new appreciation for the compressor of your air conditioner. If you treat it right, it will return the favor and you can enjoy cold air for many years.