Is Your Houston AC Compressor Starting to Fail?
It isn’t just poetry, compressors really do work as the heart of an AC system, pumping pressurized refrigerant through the pipes and coils. Without this component, the refrigerant wouldn’t reach the right temperatures and correct pressures to circulate and create heat transfer.
The compressor pulls in refrigerant as a cool, low-pressure gas, and compresses it to a higher pressure and temperature before being released to the condenser coil.
This vital part becomes less energy efficient over time, and more vulnerable to burning out. The older a compressor gets, the more TLC the whole unit needs to keep working. Beyond aging wear, lots of problems with other components can also diminish a compressor’s performance and lifespan.
When it comes to heating and cooling systems, dependability is everything. When the heater or AC isn’t working, it can be more than inconvenient; it can be quite uncomfortable, and potentially expensive. Noticing warning signs of HVAC malfunction can potentially extend a unit’s life.
Many of the calls we receive from Houston-area homeowners in need of AC repairs have to do with a compromised compressor.
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Clear signs your Houston AC Compressor might be struggling:
You are hearing clicking, hissing, buzzing, shrieking, banging, or other odd sounds coming from any of the system’s components, inside or outside.
Airflow and Temperature. Either no perceivable air is coming out of the registers, or the air coming out isn’t the right temperature.
3. High Energy Bill
The compressor is just one of many parts that affect how efficiently a unit operates. If it is running rough, it will use more power to produce adequate results.
Your breaker keeps tripping when the HVAC turns on. The unit may be trying to pull more power than the capacity of the circuit breaker.
What Can Cause AC Compressor Failure?
Seasonal tune-ups check for a long list of potential issues, including but not limited to:
- Inadequate ventilation
- Lack of lubrication
- Short cycling for long periods of time
- Frozen or debris-covered coils
- Suction lines are blocked or the wrong size
- Refrigerant level or pressure is too low or high
- High voltage or faulty electrical parts
A failed compressor is an HVAC repair emergency you can’t ignore or delay addressing. Depending on the time of year, the weather here in Houston can be frightfully cold or oppressively hot and humid. We need our indoor air to provide relief, and even 24 hours can be a long time without it.
Often when a compressor burns out, replacing the unit is actually the most economical choice in the long run, and in some scenarios, the only choice. Seasonal servicing of HVAC systems can go a long way to protect your investment.
Early Detection of HVAC Issues
Hage Energy’s skilled technicians thoroughly inspect every component for early signs of any issues. A problem with one part will likely gradually (and sometimes immediately) damage another part, from the compressor to the coils to the heat exchanger to the blower motor to the fan blades… all leading to an array of malfunctions.
Regular maintenance and occasional repairs are cost-effective and proactive measures that improve the performance and extend the life of your heating and cooling system.
Repair, Upgrade, Maintain: HVAC Services in Houston and Surrounding Cities
Hage Energy is proud to offer top-tier services for ac and heating repair, maintenance, installation, and of course can evaluate your Houston AC Compressor for signs of failing. We offer services for all makes and models of heating and AC systems. We support thousands of residents in the Houston area experience reliable, optimal air quality, energy costs, and comfort levels.
Call our experienced, certified Houston area technicians at 713-560-0600 if your air conditioning and heating system isn’t working, or could work better. Or if you’re interested in scheduling HVAC maintenance services, check out Hage Energy’s Preventative Maintenance Memberships.