If your air conditioner is working correctly it will work even on the hottest days. After all that what it’s supposed to do, right? Your air conditioner is what makes living in the desert bearable. Just like your car can overheat during the hot summer months, so can your air conditioner. If it does overheat, the equipment will not be able to function.
Why is Air Conditioner Overheating & Not Working in Hot Weather?
There are a few reasons that your air conditioner might overheat. Luckily you can prevent most of these reasons. All it takes is some routine maintenance. You should have your AC system serviced at least once a year. Spring is a good time, but it can really be done anytime of the year. Even if you take the best care of your system, you can still run into problems with overheating.
1. Clogged air filter. Your air conditioner comes with an air filter. This air filter protects the system form dust and debris. Dust and debris can coat the internal components and impact the way your AC performs. Depending on the type of filter you use and how dirty they get you should be changing them every 1-3 months. How often you change the filter will also depend on the number of people living in your home and whether or not you have pets. If it gets clogged it can put a strain on the blower motors. This strain will eventually cause the motor to overheat and trip a circuit breaker.
2. Failed AC capacitor. Your air conditioner has two types of electrical capacitors- one is the start capacitor and the other is the run capacitor. These of course allow your air conditioner to start and run. The outdoor part of your air conditioner has a number of capacitors and each send electrical charges to the fan motor and the compressor motor. They will start to lose their ability to hold that electrical charge after they ae exposed to consistent, high heat- which of course happen when you live in the desert- this will cause the motors to stop running-
3. Loss of AC refrigerant. Your air conditioner uses refrigerant, but this refrigerant doesn’t run out and need refilling. If you have a loss of refrigerant it means that you have a leak in the system that will need to be repaired. Repair is the only way you can get back to full cooling power. The compressor will overheat if the system loses too much refrigerant. If it does overheat and burns out, you will need to have your whole system replaced because the compressor is the central part of the system.
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So, the causes of compressor heating are compartmentalized, but the solutions converge to maintenance of your AC unit regularly. Be proactive and take precautionary measures to avoid any issues. If you think your air conditioner isn’t working as it once did, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule service today!