Could It Be Your HVAC System’s Compressor?

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You don’t always get a clear warning when something is about to fail, but you often get subtle hints. This is especially true when it comes to your HVAC system’s compressor. Because your compressor is located outside of your house and is probably not something you think about every day, you could already have a growing problem and don’t even know about it. By being able to identify some early warning signs, you may be able to prevent a costly compressor failure before it’s too late.

Where’s the Cool Air?

The most obvious sign in your home of a looming compressor failure is blowing warm air when you turn on your air conditioner. While this symptom could also signal a refrigerant leak or other issue, it’s commonly a compressor problem. Don’t be tempted to give your unit some time to “reboot” or “rest.” This is a problem that needs attention right away. Call for help and let a qualified HVAC specialist diagnose the problem and make recommendations on repairs.

Did the Power Go Out Again?

Are you heading to your electrical box again to reset the circuit for your air conditioner? This is not a minor annoyance. It’s a serious red flag that your HVAC system is tripping the circuit because it is pulling too much power – a common sign of a compressor problem. Again, don’t delay in scheduling an appointment.

That Doesn’t Sound Quite Right?

Every HVAC system has its own unique sounds. But, when normal sounds turn to odd noises, or even worse, full-blown vibrations, you have a problem – and likely one that is related to your compressor. Noises don’t fix themselves so don’t be tempted to ignore them. Call for help immediately.

The good news is that the majority of compressor problems are repairable, especially when they’re caught early. By paying attention to anything that is out of the ordinary and being proactive about scheduling service, you can ensure that you have a fully operational system when those hot days of summer return. Call Ellsworth Home Services today to schedule an appointment.