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Air Conditioner Parts You Should Know: The Compressor

The more you know about how your air conditioner works, the better you’ll be able to identify when it needs repair. Since air conditioning problems that are repaired faster tend to do less damage to the system, it’s a good idea to be able to identify them as quickly as possible. With that in mind, have a look at one of the most important parts of your air conditioner: the compressor.

What Is the Compressor?

The compressor is a pump that is responsible for circulating refrigerant gas through the system. After the refrigerant is evaporated into gaseous form, it flows into the compressor to be circulated down the line to the condenser unit. Without the compressor, the air conditioner would not be able to circulate refrigerant and the system would be unable to operate. The compressor is designed to handle gaseous substances only, which is why problems will occur if liquid refrigerant ever gets into the part.…

Problems Associated with the Compressor

The biggest problem with air conditioning compressors is accidental exposure to liquid refrigerant. This tends to happen when the evaporator coil fails to convert all of the refrigerant moving through it into gas, either because of low refrigerant levels or the coil icing over. Regardless, once the liquid refrigerant makes it to the compressor it starts to generate issues.

Liquid refrigerant has a tendency to wash off the oil lubricating the compressor, increasing wear and tear on the part and shortening its lifespan. If liquid refrigerant actually makes it into the compression chamber, the resulting hydraulic pressure often causes the compressor to break down entirely. Often, problems with the compressor result in the system short-cycling, which is when it turns itself on and off every couple of minutes.

If you suspect a problem with your air conditioning system, call Speedy AC Service. We provide air conditioning services throughout Port St. Lucie, FL.

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