Ninety percent of compressor failures can be attributed to problems found elsewhere in the system. And, serious consequences can result if technicians don’t determine the true source of the compressor failure.
Should a compressor fail, the entire system will fail, and knowing how to properly test, diagnose, troubleshoot, and maintain that equipment will ensure minimal downtime while preventing future failures.
Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call. The spring season was still cool at night and warm in the daytime. The customer told the dispatcher, “The unit started up at about 10:30 a.m. this morning and made a noise, but did not cool the house, even though it is still running.”
Bob and Tim have gone back to the job with the grounded compressor. They changed the compressor yesterday and ran the unit for a few minutes, then shut the system down, leaving the crankcase heat on so they could start it up later. They now want to determine why the compressor burned.