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Miami Air Conditioning Guide: Signs of a Damaged AC Compressor


Without a good compressor, your Miami AC system simply won’t work properly. That’s because the compressor is where the actual cooling takes place. Without a working compressor, your air conditioner is really little more than a complicated, oversized fan that uses a lot of energy to run.

There are any number of reasons that compressors can break down. While it can be hard to determine on your own whether the compressor is really the problem, there are some warning signs that can let you know it’s time to call in a professional to repair your Miami AC system.

What to Look For

  • Inadequate Cooling – If the air coming from your vents is warm, it’s likely your compressor isn’t working properly. Air being blown through the system means that your air conditioner is doing everything it normally does except for cool the air before it delivers it to your living space, and that cooling is the job of the compressor.
  • Strange Sounds – Any type of rattling, growling or squealing coming from your air conditioner can indicate a compressor problem.
  • Short Circuits – An air conditioner with a bad compressor will trip the circuit breaker with some regularity. If you notice this happening with your system, you should call a professional immediately.
  • Hard Starting –When we say an air conditioner has a hard start it means that different parts of the system seem to turn on independently of each other, preventing the system from starting smoothly. This is usually the first thing you’ll notice if you have a problem with your compressor.

While you can’t know for sure that your compressor is broken, you should always call for professional repairs whenever you notice any of the signs listed above. Only a properly trained technician can correctly diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs.

For air conditioning repair in the Miami area, give Air On Demand a call!