Simple ways to prevent HVAC compressor breakdowns
If compressors fail before their expected life, the issue is internal and can be avoided with professional maintenance.
Here are several steps you can follow to prevent compressor failure:
1. Inspect the wiring
You need a regular professional inspection to check the wiring. Issues involving wiring can lead to acid accumulation which deteriorates many components of your HVAC system, including the most important one – your compressor.
During a routine inspection, engineers will check and replace faulty wires and fuses before they lead to acid build-up.
2. Keep the suction lines clean
Temperature and pressure changes can impact the normal operation of your compressor. When suction lines become blocked due to excessive dirt, the pressure and temperature increase, leading to overheating and failure.
3. Only call qualified professionals
An unqualified technician can pose fatal problems for your HVAC system, potentially affecting the health of occupants inside. As discussed above, they can fill the refrigerant too much/little, which can cause compressor failure.
Similarly, while repairing suction lines, they may install a short or long suction line which can interfere with the compressor pressure. HVAC repairs are a sensitive matter and should always be handled by experts.
4. Lubricate your system
Considering that the compressor is the heart of your system, keeping it lubricated is the key to its healthy maintenance. Regular lubrication will avoid compressor failure and keep your HVAC functioning correctly.
5. Frequent cleaning of coils
Air conditioning unit coils collect a lot of debris and need frequent cleaning. Failure to do so can interfere with the heat exchange process. When this happens, the compressor must do extra work to remove the heat.
Avoid HVAC compressor failure with Mid-Tech Services
Now that you know the various causes of HVAC compressor failure, the lesson is never to ignore any warning signs. The delay will not make the problem go away. It will only add to the damage.
If you can’t manage your system internally, we advise utilising a planned, preventative maintenance contract. This solution ensures that any underlying issues are fixed before further damage to any other part of the HVAC system.
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