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What Exactly Does Your AC’s Compressor Do?

If you were to answer that question before reading this blog post, what would you say? “The compressor compresses, right?” While you might be on the right track, unfortunately, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Amateurs make their money off unsuspecting customers who don’t know a thing about their AC’s technology. They can make false claims, false promises, and talk about compressors incorrectly while the customer ends up paying for all their mistakes. It’s really terrible.

An honest or reputable HVAC contractor, like us, would do better with a clientele that knows more about their air conditioners. The more informed you are, the better we can explain our repairs and diagnostics properly. HVAC in Cartersville, GA might be complicated, but we’re here to help.

So let’s get started by talking about what your compressor does and where we can help you repair it.

The Heart of Your System

We like to call the compressor the “heart” of the air conditioner because that’s the role it performs. If you can imagine your air conditioner as the human body, the lines of refrigerant would be the blood that gets pumped through it. The air ducts would be the lungs, constantly moving the cooled air out and the hot air in. The compressor then would be the heart as it pumps the refrigerant and keeps things pressurized, ensuring the cooling process takes place.

The cooling process starts and stops with compression. As refrigerant gets compressed, it draws in the heat from your home’s air. Then it is cycled to the outdoor cabinet where it is decompressed and the heat is dispersed to where you can’t feel it. When this process is repeated over and over again, your home is effectively cooled for a small amount of energy consumed. That’s it!

What’s the Problem?

Why are we talking about compressors today? Well, compressors are the most integral component of the cooling process. Without a compressor, your air conditioner is just one over-sized fan that doesn’t even do that good of a job blowing air around!

The truth of the matter is that compressor replacement can be one of the most expensive things done to an air conditioner. If homeowners encounter a problem with their compressor, chances are they can start to panic because of what this means cost-wise. Don’t worry, there’s a silver lining.

Compressor Failure

If you are dealing with compressor failure, all is not lost. Sure, a compressor is the most expensive component to fix in your air conditioner, but think about it this way. Maybe your compressor broke down because your system is long past its lifespan. Compressors are only supposed to function for 15 years at maximum, which means you could be due for an upgrade. Upgrades can often be well worth the cost when dealing with a compressor failure. You could also come to thank us later when your upgraded air conditioner runs more efficiently, effectively, and doesn’t require as many constant repairs. Give our team a call if you’re ready to deal with a compressor failure.

Call Moody Heating and Air Conditioning to have your compressor or whole air conditioner replaced today!

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