Signs You Have a Bad AC Condenser

July 29, 2021 5:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Though it might seem simple, your home’s air conditioner is a complex piece of machinery. It has numerous parts and components that all must work together in concert for it to run efficiently and effectively.

As you might expect, some of these components can break down. But if you’re having problems with your AC, it’s not always easy to tell what’s causing the trouble. So, before calling for HVAC service or air conditioning repairs, let’s take a look at what an AC condenser is and some of the signs that yours might be on the fritz.

What is it?

Your home’s air conditioning condenser is a unit containing several components, including a condenser coil, circuit board, multiple fans and motors, as well as a compressor. The condenser is responsible for cooling and condensing (hence the name) the refrigerant vapor that comes into the unit and transmuting it into a liquid form. The following could be signals that your home’s condenser isn’t working properly.

Excessive or odd noises coming from the unit

It’s understandable that your air conditioning unit is going to make some noise during operation. The fans and compressor make low amounts of constant noise that are akin to humming, but other noises coming from your unit are cause for concern. For example, if you hear grinding, clicking, slapping or hissing sounds coming from your AC unit, the problem might be with your condenser. Strange noises may mean you need HVAC service.

Decreased cooling ability

Your air conditioner doesn’t just cool the air, it removes heat from the air and releases it outside. The condenser plays an integral role in this process. If you notice that your home isn’t getting as cool as you’d like it, or that you have to turn the thermostat down farther than usual to achieve the desired temperature, your unit’s condenser could be worn out or damaged. A damaged condenser could mean your AC unit needs to use more energy than usual, which could lead to higher energy bills if you leave the problem unchecked.

Considerable amount of leaking

One of the telltale signs of a failing condenser is visibly leaking fluid beyond the regular amount of condensation. As we discussed above, the condenser takes refrigerant vapor and transforms it into a liquid. The hissing sound mentioned above could be an indicator that your condenser is leaking refrigerant vapor. If the vapor or the liquid begins to leak out of the air conditioning unit, it will likely spell doom for your condenser. In the case of a leak, it’s best to call for air conditioning repair, as technicians are well trained and will be able to address your leak or replace your condenser.

Call for HVAC service today

The only thing worse than having a failing condenser in your air conditioning unit is having a failing condenser and not knowing it. Hopefully, this article can tip you off if your condenser has worn out or has stopped functioning properly. If that happens, give us a call at KVK Inc. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to HVAC service and air conditioning repair, and we’re dedicated to providing you and your family with the comfort you deserve this summer.

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