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As you probably know, the Australian summertime can be extremely hot. When I moved to Australia from England, I knew it would be warm, but I wasn't ready for the intense heat. I had bought a home on the outskirts of Sydney. It was a great place but unfortunately, it didn't have an HVAC system. I moved in during the winter time, so this wasn't a problem. However, when the weather began to warm up, the interior of my home became very uncomfortable. I called in an HVAC contractor who explained my options before installing a modern HVAC system which keeps my house nice and cool.

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Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner's Condenser Unit?

by Herminia Lopez

Your AC's condenser unit is the component that's responsible for dissipating the heat from your home into the outside air. The unit is usually known as the outdoor part of the air conditioner, and it is made up of the compressor, condenser coils, fan and the refrigerant lines. Without the condenser unit, the warm air that's absorbed by your air conditioner from the house would have nowhere to go. That's why the system is critical to the overall functioning of the AC.

 Often the condenser unit may fail to work correctly; hence, requiring repairs. Here are some of the top signs that the system may have a problem and should be inspected by a qualified contractor.

Overheating of the system

A telltale sign that your condenser unit needs repairs or replacement is overheating. Because the condenser unit is the part of your AC that's responsible for eliminating hot air, overheating will not be a good sign for the system. It could occur due to faulty components or blockage with debris. Failure to address this problem will reduce the overall efficiency of the entire air conditioning unit. The fans will work harder to eliminate the hot air, and this may cause them to break down as well.

Refrigerant leakage

The refrigerant in your air conditioner absorbs hot air from the house. It then travels to the condenser unit where the air is dissipated into the environment. Leaks can reduce the efficiency of the condenser unit in cooling down the refrigerant. They occur when the ducts or lines get punctured or turn brittle over time due to normal wear and tear. Leaks are among the leading causes of condenser breakdowns. When they happen, the unit must be replaced as the seals that prevent leakage cannot be repaired or replaced.

Strange sounds in the unit

Is your outdoor AC unit producing weird bubbling, hissing, rattling, or clicking noises? They could be an indication that several things are wrong with the unit. First, hissing or bubbling sounds show that you may be having refrigerant leaks in the system. Clanking or rattling sounds may be an indication that the AC's motor has come loose and is moving around the compressor. Clicking noises show that some components in the condenser components may have malfunctioned. If you notice any of these strange sounds, turn off the AC and contact a professional contractor.

Proper maintenance of your outdoor AC unit is essential to its performance. Ensure that the area around it is free of debris, and dust which can build up in the unit and cause a blockage.

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