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Running the AC throughout most of the year in Venice, FL, means it endures high levels of wear and tear, and it’s not uncommon for AC compressors to fail. Ticking noises and diminished airflow are two signs of a failing AC compressor.

Ticking Noise

An HVAC unit tends to some noise when it’s kicking on and off. A ticking sound, however, could be a cause for concern. Right before an AC compressor starts to fail, it will struggle to turn on and off and it will usually make ticking noises. This is a sure-fire sign that the electrical relay is starting to go bad. A professional AC specialist can inspect and repair electrical components on your AC unit.

Moisture Leaks

Puddles of moisture around your AC unit are an indication of a refrigerant leak. When refrigerant leaks out of the compressor, it not only increases your energy bills, but it poses harmful health concerns. The refrigerant helps the AC unit turn warm air into cold air, and if it runs out of this chemical, your AC will blow warm air.

Diminished Airflow

One of the hardest ways to tell if an AC compressor is going bad is by looking for diminished airflow. When the compressor first starts to fail, airflow will be diminished only minimally. As it continues to get worse, though, you’ll start to notice less and less cold air coming from the air vents. Any time you notice even a small decrease in airflow, contact an HVAC specialist to see if the compressor is going bad.

Rattling Noise

Rattling noises coming from an AC unit often indicate parts inside the compressor motor have come loose. Working on the inside of an AC unit can be quite dangerous, especially when you try to diagnose anything with the electrical components. Contacting a professional HVAC specialist is highly recommended any time you hear rattling noises.

Warmer Air

Some AC units experience diminished airflow when the compressor starts to fail. Others, however, continue distributing air, but the air is warm instead of cold. If you don’t notice a decrease in airflow but the air is warm instead of cold, this could mean several different things.

First, it could mean the unit is low on refrigerant, which is a very simple fix. An HVAC professional can easily add refrigerant. Second, it could mean the unit is low on refrigerant because it is leaking out. An HVAC specialist can inspect the unit for leaks. It could also mean the compressor is going bad and needs to be replaced.

Blocked Suction Lines

The refrigerant lines in your AC unit can become blocked. When this happens, the unit will blow warm air. A professional HVAC specialist can try to remedy this issue by unblocking the refrigerant lines, but if he’s not successful, the lines will need to be replaced. If they aren’t, it will eventually lead to the unit overheating; this can result in compressor failure, or even worse, having to replace the entire unit.

Damaged Wiring

If you ever notice damaged wiring of any sort in your home, it is recommended to contact a professional electrician or HVAC specialist immediately. Damaged wiring presents a huge safety concern because it can easily lead to an electrical fire. When an AC unit is exposed to electrical problems, it can lead to the compressor receiving too much or too little voltage. This quickly damages the compressor and results in having to replace it.

There are numerous signs that can point to a failing AC compressor. The sooner you have these signs inspected, the better chance you have in repairing the issue instead of having to replace this essential AC component. Aqua Plumbing & Air Electrical & Water Treatment specializes in quality air conditioning repair services. Contact us today by visiting our website or give us a call at (941) 306-3715.

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