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A Guide To Proper Compressor Maintenance

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It is hard to imagine anything worse than being stuck at work on a hot summer day with a broken air conditioner. When an air conditioner suddenly cuts out, it is usually connected to some sort of electrical issue. That is, there are a number of possible problems that can occur with any AC system, but sudden failure is usually due to electrical problems.

Compressors are Important

The main electrical component inside an air conditioning system is the compressor. This is the part of the air conditioner that uses the biggest portion of electricity. In fact, the compressor accounts for over 70% of electricity consumption while the air conditioner is turned on. So, what is the point of all this? The point is that regular compressor maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to maintain the long-term stability, efficiency, and reliability of your AC system.

Maintaining the Whole System

This doesn't mean you can just maintain your compressor, and neglect all of the other vital components. In reality, an air conditioning system is circular in many ways, and most of the components are connected to, and responsible for the efficiency of, many of the other components in the system. So, good maintenance of your AC system necessitates that you have all of your components serviced every year.

How the Compressor is Maintained

It is particularly important that your compressor is tuned up every year. Professionals will test the electrical input of the compressor to make sure it is receiving enough electricity. They can also calibrate it to make sure that it is producing enough cold air. While the compressor is being worked on, the connected components can also be examined.

For example, they will check to make sure that the fan motor, condenser, and capacitor are all functioning properly. Even just cleaning around the perimeter of these components can end up being beneficial to the system. It is all about cleaning around the components and preventing things from acting up.

There are quite a few easy DIY HVAC jobs homeowners with some basic tools can handle. But, compressor maintenance is not a good DIY job. A compressor is a complicated, powerful element that is connected to high voltage electricity and delicate refrigerant lines. So, you just don't want to mess with it unless you are licensed to do so.

In the end, compressor maintenance is just one part of good HVAC care. Click here for more information on choosing an AC unit.