Care For Your HVAC System Compressor 

Reasons large and small can cause your air conditioner’s compressor to fail. The fix often can be inexpensive but occasionally it can be impractical and the only solution is a new system.

Bottom line: Take care of your compressor and it will keep your AC humming.

The compressor is vital; it compresses the refrigerant gas and pumps it through the system, removing humidity and heat from the air. Fortunately, many of these problems can be averted or minimized if you have a regular checkup for your system.

Common Reasons Why Compressors Fail

Suction line problems

If the suction lines become blocked or damaged, your AC will lose effectiveness and the compressor eventually will stop cooling your home.

Make sure you have the suction lines are the correct size for your home. The wrong size can hasten compressor failure.

Dirt on coils

Grime, dust and mineral scales can accumulate on the condenser coil, preventing the air conditioner from getting rid of the heat efficiently. Instead, the system runs constantly and may eventually cause the compressor to wear out.

Refrigerant problems

If your system leaks refrigerant, the compressor must work harder to cool your space. Conversely, too much refrigerant also can hurt the system.


Dirt, leaves and animal droppings can find their way into your system if it’s not checked periodically. These intruders can damage your compressor.

Electrical problems

Acids may build up if the system has an electrical failure.

You can avoid these problems and keep your compressor running smoothly if you call Freedom Heating and Cooling for periodic maintenance. With a total of 200 years of experience, our staff knows how to maintain your system and nip problems in the bud. We’re at (205) 444-4444.