Air conditioning compressor
There are many kinds of air conditioners in the industry; these include the wall air conditioner, the central air conditioner, the split system air conditioner and the portable air conditioner among many other air conditioners. These are mostly made up of the compressor, the condenser, the evaporator, the expansion valve and the drier or the accumulator. The refrigerant is the liquid used to ferry heat from one component to the other. When it absorbs heat it changes state from liquid to gas and when cooled it changes back to liquid. The compressor pumps the refrigerant across all the other components. In the compressor the refrigerant is compressed until it becomes a hot vapor. The hot gas refrigerant moves from the compressor to the condenser. In the condenser the refrigerant is cooled by a condenser fan and it changes state from gas to liquid. The liquid then moves to the expansion valve where its heat is regulated. Then it moves to the evaporator where it is cooled even further and air is cooled by being blown across the cool refrigerant and it absorbs the heat from the air and changes into a gas.
The compressor is the core part of the AC that pumps the refrigerant through the whole system.
One of problems that will indicate that your compressor has a problem is when the AC starts making noise. When your AC starts making noise as it operates this could indicate a problem with the compressor. The compressor is the central part of the air conditioner. It acts like the pump that pushes the refrigerant through the whole AC system. The technician will first do a diagnosis of the system before trying to fix anything. He will use pressure gauges and he will also conduct a performance test. If the compressor can be fixed then he will repair the damage. However, if it is irreparable then he will advice that you replace it. Most service companies have all the air conditioner parts and he will replace it quickly.
Another problem that will affect compressors and make the air conditioners to not to be as cool as they used to be will be change in the standard of temperature the system will deliver to your surroundings. You will notice a distinct change in temperature and you can call the technician to come and fix your AC system. Sometimes this could be lack of enough refrigerant in your system either through usage or through leakage. If the problem is just lack of refrigerant the technician will fill up the system with the appropriate amount of refrigerant according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If it is leaking then the technician will use a special dye to detect the leakage in the compressor and fix the leaking paces before topping up with the appropriate amount of refrigerant.
Replacing the compressor can cost from anywhere between $1000-4000 depending on the quality of replacement. To avoid this huge cost you can schedule regular maintenance that ensures that your system is able to endure for a long period of time.