The most common repair needs that air conditioners encounter are electrical ones. (If your air conditioner abruptly stops running, the first thing you should check is the circuit breakers; many times, the solution to the problem is as simple as re-setting a tripped breaker.) One of the key components of an air conditioner’s electrical system is the capacitor. In this post, we’ll look at what can go wrong in an AC when a capacitor begins to fail.
Repair needs due to failing capacitors are usually easy fixes for professionals—provided you catch the trouble in time and call trained technicians to do the work.
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A capacitor is a small cylindrical device that transmits electrical voltage to a motor. There are two types of capacitors in an air conditioning system: The start capacitor sends voltage to start the motor running. The run capacitor keeps the motor turning by transmitting voltage about 1.5 times higher than its nominal voltage. In an air conditioner, capacitors are connected to the motors that operate the indoor blower fan, the outdoor condenser fan, and the compressor.
If a capacitor begins to fail, it can lead to motors having difficulty starting or trouble continuing to run, and this can disable the two fans and restrict heat exchange and air distribution. But the most common issue that occurs from failing capacitors is “hard-starting” for the compressor. This is when the compressor begins to stutter when turning on, then runs for only a short time before shutting down once more. Whenever you notice this happening to your AC, call for repairs to look into it. Although failing capacitors are the most common reason for hard-starting, there are other possible causes that could result in damage to the compressor. Compressor repairs are among the most expensive for an air conditioner, so make sure you don’t hesitate when you need to call for repairs.
When capacitors are near to failing, they often make a noticeable clicking sound. This is a good alert that you need to have the capacitor replaced before it affects the performance of the air conditioner. Call on repair technicians to handle changing out the old unit for a new one; a compressor with the wrong voltage will make the air conditioner inefficient.
Since 1995, Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. has handled air conditioning repair in Atlanta, GA that has kept residents cool and content in their homes. When you experience electrical trouble in your AC, or any sort of trouble, give us a call ASAP!