The compressor is one of the most critical components to keeping your air conditioner working. While your AC system may experience many problems, a failing compressor makes it ineffective. Consider these four signs that suggest your AC compressor in Vero Beach, FL, is failing and needs immediate service:

Warm Air or No Air Coming From Your Vents

One of the first symptoms you may notice is warm instead of cool air coming from your vents. This happens because the AC compressor increases the heat of the refrigerant at the outside condensing coil.

This allows it to vent the heat absorbed from inside. When it doesn’t build the pressure needed to vent that heat, it can’t absorb as much additional heat.

A clogged air filter or a dirty evaporator coil may also cause reduced airflow. Regularly changing your air filter and getting routine AC maintenance helps you identify which issue you’re experiencing.

No Hot Air Venting Outside

When your system runs, the fan at the outside condensing unit turns on and pushes out hot air. If the air it’s venting doesn’t feel warm, the system isn’t transferring heat from the refrigerant to the outside air. The likely culprit is failure of the AC compressor to increase the refrigerant’s pressure.

Loud Noises From Your Outside Unit

Your outside unit is already the noisiest part of your air conditioner. However, if it’s making a loud rattling, screeching, clicking, growling or clattering sound, your AC compressor may have a problem. Likewise, if the AC compressor vibrates while starting, it’s having trouble and may need replacing soon.

Tripping Circuit Breaker

The AC compressor is the largest electrical draw in your air conditioner. As it fails, the electrical resistance increases, drawing more power and often tripping the breaker that protects it.

Don’t let a failing compressor leave you feeling uncomfortably warm on mild winter days. Call today to schedule your AC repair with our NATE-certified service technicians at Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning.

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