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Compressor Problems: Repair or Replace?

Monday, July 16th, 2018

compressor-inside-the-outside-unit-of-an-air conditionerOver years of consistent use, there are a variety of issues that can arise with your cooling system. This is particularly true in our part of the state! You might find yourself facing a refrigerant leak, failed capacitor, or potentially even breached ductwork. Fortunately, many of these San Antonio, TX air conditioning repair needs are actually preventable, especially if you stay on top of your annual maintenance appointments (or biannual, if you have a heat pump).

There’s one repair need, in particular, that is a pain to face—and that is a broken down or damaged compressor. With most air conditioner components, replacement is typically the best option upon breakdown. But a broken down compressor is another story, and often it leads to the question of if you should repair the system by replacing the compressor, or replace the entire air conditioner. The latter is naturally not always the preferred choice, but might be the best choice. Why is that? Read on…

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When You Might Need Compressor Repair or Replacement

Monday, July 17th, 2017

compressor-repair-replacement-might-needThe compressor of your air conditioner is essentially the heart of your cooling system—applying energy to the refrigerant and propelling it through the coils to carry out the necessary heat exchange. Without an operational compressor, your air conditioner won’t produce any cooling effect whatsoever. That being said, if you find your air conditioner blowing warm air, it could be the compressor, or it may be that the thermostat wasn’t set correctly, or simply that you have a clogged air filter needing to be changed.

But when AC systems start to show serious signs of problems, the compressor is usually one of the main suspects, and the first thing our repair technicians take a look at. Many common AC issues arise from problems with either this component or its motor, necessitating professional AC repairs in Bulverde, TX. And since fixing a cooling system’s compressor is not something you can simply watch an online video for and figure out how to fix, you’ll need the assistance of trained and experienced HVAC professionals—which is what we’re here for.

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner’s Compressor So Important?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

If your thermostat serves as the “brain” of your air conditioning system, then the compressor serves as its “heart.” The compressor and condenser are housed in the outside component of your cooling system—this is called the condenser unit. Your compressors job is to add pressure to the refrigerant that it receives from inside your home to increase its energy as well as its temperature.

At that point, refrigerant leaves the compressor as a hot, high pressure gas that flows into the condenser, which has metal fins that help the heat dissipate. From here, the temperature of the fluid has considerably cooled and changed from a gas back to a liquid. The liquid goes into the evaporator and the pressure drops. The refrigerant then begins to evaporate back into a gas, extracting heat from the air around it, and cooling your home.

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