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Here’s What Happens if Your AC Condenser Fails

Your central air conditioner has to separate units that work together to cool your home. One of the units is inside, and the other one is outside. The outside portion of your unit is also called a condenser, because this is where heat and humidity get released during the cooling process.

And if you have condenser problems, it can be a major repair job. Your air conditioner may stop working completely, or it could continue running and caused damage to spread throughout the system. If you’re having problems with your air conditioning in Branchburg, NJ, give our team a call. You can also keep reading to learn more about why it is such a big deal if the AC on your condenser fails.

Causes of Condenser Problems

Outdoor Elements

Since your condenser is outside, it is exposed to the elements 24/7. Debris like leaves, sticks and dirt can get inside the condenser and clog it up. These objects can also cause damage to the fan blades, motor and belts that are inside the unit. 

If any one of these components is negatively impacted, it changes how the condenser operates. It is important to protect your outdoor unit as much as possible, and check the area regularly to remove any debris that does blow nearby.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your indoor and outdoor units have to work together, and they are connected via an evaporator line where refrigerant circulates to provide cooling for your home. If you have a refrigerant leak, it could happen in the outdoor portion of the line. 

If a refrigerant leak continues on without being fixed, it can damage the surrounding components. Since refrigerant provides cooling, there’s also a chance that it could cause the condenser to freeze completely, leading to a breakdown.

Faulty Wiring

All of the components in your air conditioner, have a set lifespan. This includes all of the electrical connections that power the motor inside your condenser. As wiring wears down, it can lead to malfunctions. Even if your condenser doesn’t stop working completely, it could continue working at a lower power level, which is just as dangerous. 

You may be tempted to fiddle with your air conditioner and try to get it working again yourself. But condenser problems can be very dangerous to handle yourself if you do not have the proper expertise. Instead, you should give our team a call and leave the troubleshooting and repairs to our expert technicians.

Other Problems

The problems listed above are just the ones that can cause your condenser to go bad. They won’t necessarily make the condenser stop working completely. It may lose power slowly over time. Signs of your condenser going bad include noticing that the air in your home is not as cool as it once was. It’s also possible for humidity levels in your home to be higher, or for your energy bills to increase as your AC works harder to make up for the bad condenser. You may be tempted to turn the temperature on your thermostat down, but don’t. Instead, get your AC checked out for condenser problems.

Contact Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. to schedule an appointment for air conditioner services that get the job done.

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