Before releasing the heat into the outdoors, one of the primary functions of the HVAC system is to absorb the heat in your home. Responsible for releasing that heat, your condenser is part of your system that is usually found in the outdoor unit. When the refrigerant liquid is transformed into gas, heat is absorbed. In order to cool your home, this is the basic function of how the air conditioner operates. The liquid refrigerant absorbs the heat in your home with the help of the evaporator. But in order to feel the coolness, the heat is quickly released outside and the refrigerant turns into a gas once the heat is absorbed. To discuss the basics of the condenser of the air conditioner unit is what we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to do today. The condenser can be the source of many issues and below are a few of the more common problems.
Dirty AC Condenser
Because most residential air conditioner components are mounted outdoors, it is not surprising for the condenser or other parts to get dirty. In addition to the dirt and debris the outdoor components attract, the brush, grass, and other vegetation matter grow around the system prevents it from operating correctly. Keep the area cleaned and maintain 3 feet of clearance surrounding the exterior unit.
Clogged & Blocked Condenser
Your AC unit can get blocked by debris and other unwanted particles, over time, which causes condenser failure. Though some these particles could be external, it is oftentimes due to metal particles that punctured the condenser itself. Proper maintenance can help prevent this problem in most cases.
Bad AC Run Capacitor
The condenser’s run capacitors provide the energy used to operate the fan motors. In the event the run capacitor is in bad shape, the motor often will not start. Should you think that your run capacitors have gone bad, contact your local HVAC technician for proper diagnosis and repair.
Air Conditioner Leaking Water
The condenser failure can be caused by leaks due to damaged seals and malfunctioning tubes. The tubes can get pinched or may suffer from wear and break particularly due to excessive use. Contact a licensed expert to resolve any leak problems.
Bad AC Coil
One of the worst AC condenser problems are damaged coils. Corrosion, impact and debris can be contributors. To take the steps necessary to get the problem resolved, the professional can identify the issues and proceed.
Maintain AC Condenser
The AC condenser comprises of a fans, motor, tubes, coils, and other parts, which can all malfunction in way or another. In order to keep your condenser running smoothly, having the unit routinely cleaned is one of the easiest ways. Since the part of the unit is outside, filth can easily buildup. Use a water hose to spray down your condenser unit, at least annually. Be sure the unit is clear of clutter and debris as well. Also, to keep the air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently, make sure to schedule professional tune-ups at least once a year.