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AC 101: What’s An Air Compressor?

July 21, 2022 | Blog

Have you ever tried googling something about your AC, only to be faced with all sorts of terms or parts that you didn’t even know existed? You’re not alone!

One of the many parts within your unit is the compressor. Out of all other components, this is the most critical and important. The team at Ball Heating & Air Conditioning has put together some helpful information! Below you can read what function the compressor plays in your entire air conditioning system, and what problems might happen with it.

What Does An AC Compressor Do?

The compressor is one of, if not the most important pieces in the entire system. It is responsible for powering the other components, such as the evaporator and condenser, which work to turn hot air into cool air.

This process is a lengthy one. It starts by bringing in the heated and humid air in your home and pulls it into the evaporator coils. There, refrigerant is compressed and cools down the hot air, and the hot air is pushed outside of your home through a series of ductwork and vents inside your home. After this, that cool air is then returned and dispersed throughout your home. This process is repeated until the internal temperature matches whatever you have set the thermostat to.

What Problems Can Occur With An AC Compressor?

If you are not getting your air conditioner regular maintenance, know that over time your compressor will begin to fail. For example, dust, dirt and debris can begin to accumulate within your compressor, as most reside within the outside AC unit. This can lead to a decrease in efficiency over time, putting stress on the other components in your AC, and eventually lead to failure.

Other problems that can occur include low lubricant levels, blockage in the suction lines, or maybe even something as simple as tripped breakers. Some instances may be able to be fixed on your own, however, if you are not sure what the problem may be, it is best to always call in a professional.

How Maintenance Can Prevent Failure

On average, a well-maintained compressor will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, maybe even longer. Compressors that are neglected and not regularly inspected will begin to deteriorate and fail much quicker. This can lead to costly repairs for your compressor, and if it begins to strain the other parts and pieces of your AC, then maybe even an entire air conditioning replacement.

To prevent this, make sure you contact a licensed technician to inspect your system and see what can be done to extend the lifespan of all your parts. Ask about Ball Heating and AC’s Shield of Protection plan, or special deals, which can assist in getting you affordable AC tune-ups and repairs!

Contact Ball Heating and Air Conditioning Today

Like a domino effect, all the other parts like the evaporator and condenser will fail when the compressor fails. All these parts work harmoniously to keep your home’s temperature cool.

When you begin to notice or suspect your compressor is not working at optimal levels, it is better to get it fixed sooner than later unless you want a costly AC compressor repair or replacement. For all Biloxi AC services, contact Ball Heating and AC!

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