5 Reasons for A/C Compressor Overheating

5 Reasons for A/C Compressor Overheating

Overheating is your A/C compressor’s nightmare. Since this part of your unit does the hard job of pumping the refrigerant through the system, the chances of overheating is quite high. There are many reasons why compressors overheat. And you should take time to know every single one of them if you do not want to be faced with expensive repair and replacement.

Here are five of the most common reasons for A/C compressor overheating:

  • Dirt Accumulation in the Filter

Take time to check your air filters every 1-3 months and provide a replacement if necessary. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air, creating pressure on the compressor. As a result, the compressor needs to run harder which can cause overheating.

  • Filthy Condenser Coils

When was the last time you had your outdoor coils cleaned? Condenser coils are more prone to dust and dirt build-up since they are exposed to outdoor conditions. Without proper cleaning, the dirt and pollutants deposited in the coils will act as insulators which hinder the refrigerant from absorbing heat completely. If this happens, the process will take longer to complete, causing the compressor to work harder and heat up.

  • Old Compressor Unit

How old is your air conditioning unit? If you have been using the same A/C for 15 years or more, maybe it is time to get a replacement. The most common part that blows up in old systems is the compressor. Overheating is prevalent since the parts are already worn out and no longer function as efficient as before.

  • Insufficient Refrigerant Level

Low refrigerant content can result in the extensive working of the system which eventually leads to compressor overheating. The insufficient refrigerant is primarily caused by leaks. But adding the right amount to suffice your system’s needs is not really the proper solution. Professional technicians would find the leaks first, seal them, and then add the refrigerant.

  • Lack of Maintenance

Are you giving your unit its fair share of love and care? You can do that with regular maintenance service. Poorly maintained units have unclean air filters, condensed inner layers, inefficient parts and many more. These things slow down the process of removing indoor heat while adding pressure on the compressor.

If you are worried that your compressor might overheat and fail anytime due to the reasons stated above, it’s not too late to get in touch with our professionals and do a thorough check on your system. Call Webb Air Conditioning today, and we will send expert technicians to assist you in your HVAC needs.