If you have ever suffered through a hot summer with a broken air conditioner, you will know how important it is to have one in working order. Most air conditioning systems eventually break down, and replacing them is no small expense. A cause of a broken air conditioner may be due to the AC condenser. This is an important part of your AC unit. Read about the signs that yours needs to be replaced: When to Replace Your AC Condenser
What Exactly is the Condenser?
The condenser is the part of your air conditioner that cools off the refrigerant. It is located outside your home and is connected to the evaporator through a copper line called an “evaporator coil.” The evaporator is connected to ductwork inside your home, where it takes in warm air from your home and cools it down before sending it back into your house throughout the summer months. The condenser coil typically sits on top of or next to your unit (and actually serves as one of its main supports), so if you have ever looked at an AC unit from above, this would be what you saw.
1. Your Condenser is Running Loudly
When you hear a loud noise coming from your air conditioner, it is time to pay attention. The condenser is the part of the air conditioner that cools the refrigerant and sends it back into the compressor. If your condenser is running loudly, it may need replacement. The condenser is usually mounted near an outside wall of your home or inside on top of an attic floor. If you have any questions about whether or not you should replace your AC condenser, consult an HVAC contractor who can help diagnose what needs to be done before making repairs.
2. Your Condenser is Leaking Fluid
You can check for a condenser leak by following these steps:
- Inspect the outside of your AC unit for signs of leakage. If you see any signs of moisture, such as puddles or wet grass around the unit, it could mean that fluid is leaking from its interior and onto the exterior of your unit.
- Check inside your air conditioner’s compressor compartment by removing side panels on the unit to see if there is any visible dripping or evidence of moisture in this area (or anywhere else).
3. Your Air Conditioner is Not Running Efficiently
The best way to tell if your air conditioner is running efficiently is by paying attention to the temperature of your home. If it is cool, then you know that the AC is working its magic. But if you notice that it doe not get as cold as it used to be, or if you see higher electricity bills than normal, then there could be something wrong with your AC unit. You also want to keep an eye on how long it takes for your house to cool down after turning on the air conditioning. If it takes longer than usual for things to get comfortable inside, chances are good that something in your system is not working properly and needs repair or replacement (which we can help with).
If you find any of the above signs, it means that your air conditioning needs some attention from an HVAC contractor. If there is an issue with the condenser, you can choose to replace the entire unit or just the condenser. It all depends on how old your AC is and what kind of repair is needed. If you are looking for a trusted HVAC company, reach out to All Climate Mechanical in Minnetonka, MN.