Air Conditioner Compressor Maintenance Basics

Proper air conditioning maintenance is necessary to make sure that your air conditioning unit is working properly all the time. It is a hassle when your air conditioning breaks down due to the lack of maintenance of your air conditioning unit. The air conditioner always has a processor which functions as a pump to push the liquid coolant into the condensing coil to produce cool air. An air conditioning compressor has a motor which contains moving pistons to compress the refrigerant gas. When the pistons of your air conditioning unit stops this means you need to repair the air conditioning unit compressor itself. There are various ways that you can do to properly maintain the compressor of your air conditioning unit such as:

Wrap the Compressor

If you live in an area with more than average winter months you have to protect your air conditioning compressor to protect it against extreme cold. You can do this by wrapping you air conditioning compressor with a large piece of clean cloth. Make sure to disconnect the power of your air conditioning unit when you are doing this.

Remove any Obstructions

A large portion of your air conditioning unit is located outdoors where it is free to suck in fresh air and drives away the hot air inside the room. Remove any obstructions such as branches and shrubs that are near the compressor to avoid overworking and damaging its motor. There should at least be two feet of clearance behind your air conditioning unit.

Engage the High Pressure Switch

The compressor of your air conditioning unit has a high compressor switch that you can turn on to help prevent the compressor from over-heating. This is especially useful if you live in an area with extreme summer where you air conditioning unit is exposed to direct sunlight which contributes to the overheating of your air conditioning compressor.

Clean the Air Filter Regularly

To avoid your air conditioning compressor from overheating always clean the air filter of your air conditioning regularly.  Air conditioning compressors pull in dust and other air contaminants into your air conditioning which goes into your air filter. When the air filter is clogged with dusts and contaminants air will not be able to enter through it which the compressor compensates by working harder.  Cleaning the air filter is easy, all you have to do is remove it off your air conditioning unit and use a soft brush and pressurized water hose to remove all the dust and air contaminants. Make sure that the air filter is completely dry before reattaching it to the air conditioning unit.

Clean the Condenser Coil Regularly

Clean the condenser coil with a blower at least once every two weeks. A clean condenser coil allows your air conditioning compressor to work efficiently as it cools. Check the compressor for any leakage as well. Have your air conditioning cleaned thoroughly every month. You can do this yourself by removing the air conditioning unit off its mount and using a pressure washer, blast away all the dusts, debris and other objects stuck inside and outside your air conditioning unit.