How Long Does An Air Conditioner Compressor Last?

The short answer is that your air conditioner compressor and refrigerant should last about 12-15 years. Learn what key components and how to maintain your compressor will keep your air conditioner running efficiently throughout its life cycle.

Air-conditioning compressor

Your air conditioner compressor is the heart of your air conditioner and is critical for removing heat from the air. Refrigerant chemicals enter the compressor in the form of cold gas, which squeezes under very high pressure, heating the gas.

The gas then flows through the condensing coil, allowing the heat to escape to the outside. It is in the condensation of indoor humidity that a comfortable environment is created.

Common problems with compressors

With proper maintenance, your air conditioner compressor should last over a decade with few problems, but here are some issues that can arise without routine care.

Lack of lubrication. Low lubricant levels or leaks can lead to inefficiencies or malfunctions.

System contamination. High temperature and pressure can introduce pollutants such as air, moisture, dirt and acids that are harmful to the system.

Electrical problems. Overheating and failures can be caused by voltage or current imbalances.

Low refrigerant costs. Leaks can cause insufficient refrigerant flow, shortening the life of the compressor by making it work harder.Repair or replace?

The failure of an air conditioner compressor often results in the replacement of the entire system. However, with maintenance, AC compressors can last a long time. It pays to maintain your air conditioner compressor as it is the most expensive replacement component in an air conditioner.

This means that it is more economical to invest in new air conditioning equipment than to repair existing equipment if the above problems cannot be solved.What is a refrigerant?

Refrigerant is a chemical that transfers heat from the coils of an indoor furnace to an outdoor condensing unit. Manufacturers equip air conditioning equipment with the amount of refrigerant required for its entire life cycle.

The only time a technician needs to add refrigerant is if they can find and fix a leak, or if the refrigerant line connecting the outdoor unit to the indoor coil is very long (over 50 feet).Refrigerant leak

Bubbling or hissing noises near the refrigerant lines, ice buildup on the refrigerant lines, high electricity bills, and warm or hot air from the air conditioner can all indicate a refrigerant leak. Do not attempt to charge refrigerant yourself as it is an extremely dangerous material.

This is when you need to hire a professional to find and fix the leak. The leak must be found and repaired before the refrigerant is refilled or the problem will recur. The refrigerant is in a closed loop and should never be run at low speed unless there is a leak.

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