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Ensuring that your HVAC system is in perfect condition during winter is not an option- it’s a necessity. The sweltering months of summer may be of great discomfort when your air conditioning system is broken down, but if you wait till winter, respiratory illnesses won’t be the only thing you’ll be dealing with. Dampness in the house causing mold growth and damage of furniture will be on top of your list. Understanding how the compressor works, and the early tells signs of a failing one, will help you take action before the whole system shuts down.

As a human body can’t function without a heart, the HVAC system would be as good as dead without a compressor. The compressor’s work is to compress the refrigerant gas (no wonder the name), and circulate it through the system. Most HVAC models have external compressors that look like a black box with lines running to and from it. When a HVAC compressor fails, it’s often due to other underlying issues. It’s important to note that fixing compressors is quite expensive and sometimes even impossible. In most instances, one has to buy a new compressor when the existing one fails. On this note, even if you replaced the failed compressor without addressing the underlying issues, the new one is likely to fail as well.

Clogged coils are a common cause of compressor break down. Over time, the condenser coils in the AC and heat pump get clogged with dust, and debris. When this happens, air flow through the coil gets restricted and the temperature in the heat pump condenser rises. This strains the compressor, forcing it to work harder to pump the refrigerant through the heat pump. The prolonged distress on the compressor causes it to pull more amperage making it heat than normal. Although a compressor features in-built protections against overheating, these protections are prone to fail under extreme conditions. Eventually, the compressor overheats, burns out and fails. To remedy the situation before it’s too late, once you notice your HVAC system is not cooling or heating as it normally does, call a licensed repair technician and have them inspect your system.

Low refrigerant charge is the other cause of compressor failure. Refrigerant is the substance that absorbs and removes heat from the cooling chamber by flowing through the system. The condenser and compressor are responsible for converting the refrigerant from liquid to gas and back again. For this process to happen, there’s a recommended refrigerant charge. A system that was installed incorrectly or a leakage in the system may both cause low refrigerant charge. Cracks or holes in the regrant lines also cause low refrigerant charge. When the refrigerant levels become too low, the compressor will have to work harder to perform its tasks and eventually, it’s deemed to break down. If you notice longer cooling cycles, an upsurge of energy bill that you can’t trace, and frozen refrigerant lines, call your technician for an inspection.

Your HVAC system loses its efficiency by 5% for every year it doesn’t receive proper maintenance. For regular maintenance of your HVAC system, talk to our HVAC technicians at Classic Air Conditioning, New Braunfels today!

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
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Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
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Eddie, Isaac and saul did amazing work, talked to me about everything, and made sure they installed my new ac properly. Thank yall so much!
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
2022-04-18
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William Bragg
William Bragg
2022-04-08
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We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
Sondra Von Gyllenband
Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
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These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
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Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
MARIE ORTEGA
MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
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Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
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Jeffrey Fields
2022-03-26
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Jan Smith
2022-03-10
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Stephanie Corona
Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
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Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!

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1893 State Highway 46 South, New Braunfels, TX 78130, United States

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