3 Warning Signs You Have a Bad AC Condenser

When it’s hot and you’re counting on your AC for comfort, a faulty condenser can cause a number of problems. With a bad condenser, your AC doesn’t produce as much cool air as it’s capable of, putting your comfort at risk. That’s why It’s important to recognize the 3 warning signs you have a bad AC condenser, so you can call a professional immediately and avoid the trouble and inconvenience of a breakdown.

What is an AC condenser and what does it do?

An important part of your AC unit, the condenser is made up of a motor, a compressor, circuit board, condenser coil, tubes, and fans. It’s essentially responsible for removing heat from your home and transferring it outdoors. So when the condenser is malfunctioning, it affects the unit’s ability to cool down your home, and exposes the other components of your AC to premature, extensive wear. 


The AC condenser deteriorates over time. But aside from mechanical wear and tear of its components, electrical failures, refrigerant leaks, and outside debris may also cause condenser problems. 

3 warning signs you have a bad AC condenser 

# 1 It’s making loud, abnormal sounds 


Does your unit make a rattling or scraping noise? It may be due to bent or damaged AC fan blades, which are hitting parts of the frame or casing. Twigs and leaves clogging your system are also a possibility. 


Either way, you need a qualified technician to diagnose and address the problem ASAP.


#2 It isn’t as cold as it should be


Any damage to the condenser may restrict refrigerant flow, significantly reducing the cooling capability of your unit. 


The fans should keep the air from getting too hot, so warm air coming out of the vents is also a tell-tale sign that your condenser is failing. 


# Your unit is leaking

A leak in the condenser coil means it will leak refrigerant, which is a serious concern on its own. When your AC is low on refrigerant, it takes longer for your home to cool off or reach the temperature you set. It can also cause damage to other parts of your AC.

The cost of repairing or replacing an AC condenser

The cost of repairing a failing AC condenser ranges from $150 to $1,000, or more, depending on the extent of the damage. You may need to spend between $1,000 to $3,000 to replace the whole coil.


Depending on its size, a new condenser costs between $850 and $2,700, excluding installation fees. For a more accurate quote, contact us. 

Properly diagnosing condenser problems


When you have a bad AC condenser, hire only trained, experienced technicians to work on your unit. Feel free to reach out and we’ll properly diagnose the problem and offer the best, cost-effective solution. 


You can also get an AC tune-up every year to take care of minor condenser issues before they get worse. We’ll thoroughly clean and inspect your condenser for issues, and replace worn parts if needed. 


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