5 Important Things About A Failing Air Conditioner That No One Tells You About

Do you remember the good ol’ days when you used to get on with your life without an air conditioner? No? While an AC might be an underwhelming piece of technology, it certainly is crucial in a hot and humid country like India. And due to global warming, it’s a quintessential home appliance for every home in every part of the world. Facing AC problems on your own may be a challenge but with our guidance it can get easier.

Here are 5 important things to know about a failing Air Conditioner that you might not know about.

1. Unwanted moisture is terrible

There will almost always be some moisture build-up around the compressor area of your air conditioner but it’s imperative to keep this in check. If there’s a small build up of water which is good enough for a couple of sparrows to take a dip, you should inspect for leakages immediately. In the most serious cases, the leak could be refrigerant.

Keep a close eye for moisture around your air conditioner’s compressor area.

Refrigerant leaks can cause health risks to you and your family and need immediate action. You must call an air conditioning repair expert right away.

2. Poor air flow

If you notice poor air flow from your air conditioner, then that mostly points to a failing compressor. If some area of the room is getting cooled while the other is not, then that indicates an issue with the duct work.

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This is how proper air flow should feel like

If you can’t fix either, you should call for an authorised service person for the AC’s brand.

3. Pay attention to noises

Squealing, grating, grinding sounds from your air conditioner might indicate that you need a replacement unit. A squealing noise means that the belt has slipped out of place. It may also indicate that a metal component in your air conditioner requires more lubrication. A grinding sound may mean that your motor’s bearings are broken. If these noises are mixed with strange odours, then immediately get your air conditioner checked.

Failure to service the unit could result in a pricey breakdown.

4. Motor problems = AC problems!

The air conditioner compressor may fail in case of an overload or if it overheats. This happens when there is an internal electrical fault. To check for this problem, locate the motor and look at the reset button. If there is a fault, it pops out. Wait for it to cool down and push it back in. Always maintain the electrical system of the air conditioner in good condition to avoid this problem.

5. Wiring around compressor burns out

If you can perhaps muster some courage and open the main covering, there’s a quick and easy way to check the main component of any air conditioner. The compressor. Any wiring around the compressor that appears burned in the slightest manner needs to be replaced.

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Keep your AC cool, just like it keeps you | iStock

When a sealed compressor motor has “burned out”, it means that the internal wiring of the motor has become irreparably damaged. The compressor motor windings may be burned and shorted together or shorted to the metallic shell of the motor. Or perhaps, the windings may have burned and simply become “open” or disconnected. If the motor has burned out in either of these ways it needs to be replaced.

What AC repair has you worried?

It’s cool to know how far an air conditioner has come from simply being “an apparatus for cooling air”. Though some AC problems may be troublesome, we’re always here with useful solutions. Stay tuned for more topics coming your way in the near future.

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