One of the most vital components of your air conditioner is the compressor. The compressor circulates refrigerant throughout your cooling system, producing cool air to cool your home. If the compressor fails, your air conditioner will no longer work. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs that your compressor needs repair. Here are five warning signs to look for.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

If your compressor is failing, it may overheat. When it overheats, it will cut power to the HVAC system by tripping the circuit breaker. Have your cooling system inspected if your circuit breaker trips repeatedly.

Lack of Cool Air

A failing compressor cannot circulate enough refrigerant through your air conditioner. Your cooling system will blow warm air. A lack of cooling is one of the most common signs that your compressor needs to be repaired.

Shaking When Starting Up

When your cooling system’s outdoor unit vibrates or shakes when starting up, it’s known as a “hard start.” Hard starts indicate a problem with the compressor. If your condenser unit is straining and struggling to turn on, have your cooling system inspected by an HVAC technician as soon as possible.

Excessive Noise

Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit will always make some noise; this is completely normal. However, excessive noise is a warning sign. Clicking or rattling sounds indicate something is wrong with your compressor. You may have a problem with the fuse. It may also be caused by a loose compressor belt.


If you see moisture or puddles around your air conditioner, it’s likely that you have a coolant leak in your compressor. If the leak is not addressed, your cooling system will not be able to produce cold air. Seek help from a repair technician as soon as you can.

Contact McKee Energy Solutions now to schedule your air conditioning repair.