3 Causes of Air Conditioning Condenser Problems
Central air conditioning systems consist of two separate units, one located inside your home, and the other located outside. The outside unit is called the condenser because it is where condensation occurs to release heat to the outdoors. The condenser houses the compressor, a blower fan, and the condenser coil, as well as motors and capacitors to supply power to the components.
If the condenser develops malfunctions, it will severely damage or even stop the air conditioner’s ability to cool down a house. If you suspect that trouble with the condenser is affecting your home’s AC, call us for professional air condition repair right away. If left without attention, malfunctions in the condenser will grow worse and may even threaten to cause catastrophic compressor failure.
3 reasons for condenser problems
Outside debris: Because the condenser is located outside a house, it can sometimes suffer damage because from debris—stones, gravel, leaves, sticks—getting inside it. (You should always keep the area around the condenser as clear as possible to reduce the chance of this happening.) Any outside object that enters the condenser cabinet can cause damage to the motors, the fan blades, and the fan belt, impairing condenser operation.
Leaking refrigerant: The condenser connects to the indoor evaporator through a line that circulates the vital refrigerant between the two units to carry out heat exchange. But if the refrigerant line develops leaks, it puts the entire system in jeopardy. Refrigerant leaks can also occur along the condenser coil or at the connections to the compressor. If you notice a drop in cooling power from your AC, hear a hissing noise from the condenser, or notice frost along the unit, call for repairs immediately.
Electrical failures: Electricity powers the motors inside the condenser that operate the fan and the compressor. Malfunctions with the electrical relays, capacitors, or the wiring inside the motors can cause these crucial components to stop working and lower or completely stop the cooling process. The compressor failing to turn on is often an electrical issue, as is fan failure. Professional technicians will need to handle diagnosing the electrical problems that are affecting the compressor.
Air conditioners need highly trained technicians to repair them when they malfunction. Do not open up the condenser’s cabinet and try to evaluate and fix problems on your own; you will most likely make the problem worse. Instead call Jessie's A/C & Heating at (504) 231-5800.