The beating heart of a central air conditioning unit is the compressor. It is the compressor that circulates the coolant through the air conditioner and cools the inside of the home. If the compressor overheats, it will break or shut itself down. This event is known as compressor overload. Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing will share how you can prevent compressor overload and ensure that your home stays cool all summer long.
What is a Compressor Overload?
One of the most common air conditioning malfunctions is compressor overload and it often occurs during the hottest time of the year. Due to the excessive heat, it causes the compressor to work overtime and in turn causes the compressor to overheat. Once the compressor begins to overheat or overload it can bring additional problems with the air conditioner. The compressor doesn’t just circulate the coolant it also helps keep up to 50% of the air conditioners components cooled down. This process protects them from breaking or failing. Not only does compressor overload affect the compressor it also affects about half of the air conditioners operating systems as well. This is why it is essential to prevent compressor overload.
What Causes a Compressor Overload?
One of the major causes for the compressor to overload is due to neglect. Along with poor installation and maintenance there are a few other contributing factors that can lead to compressor overload such as:
• Dirty Filter or Condenser Coils Leading to Poor Air Flow
• Overcharged or even Undercharged Refrigerant Systems
• Refrigerant Leaks or Moisture Lock in the Refrigerant Systems
• Exposure to Additional Heat Sources
• Loose Wiring or Component Connections.
How to Prevent Compressor Overload
To help prevent compressor overload there are a few steps the homeowner can take. First, never neglect basic HVAC maintenance such as changing the air filters and make sure the areas surrounding the air conditioner is clean and clear of any debris within at least two to four feet of the unit. It is also essential to have a professional cleaning and tune up your HVAC system at least one to two times a year. During an HVAC tune up the entire system is cleaned and inspected to ensure smooth operations throughout the rest of the year. Another way to help protect the compressor is by installing a compressor overload protector. This overload protector is a sensor that is designed to shut down the unit temporarily if the compressor overheats. This will give the compressor time to cool down and prevent major damage to the various components of the air conditioner. Another benefit is that by having the sensor installed, frequent shut downs will clue the homeowner that there is a problem.
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If the HVAC system is properly installed and maintained, most compressors won’t have overload problems. Make sure to have your HVAC system inspected and serviced. It is recommended to have the HVAC system serviced in the spring and fall before the more extreme temperatures set in. If you need to have your HVAC system serviced, or if it is experiencing overload problems, contact Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today.