A good operating A/C Condenser should be hot at the top, warm on the middle of the condenser coil, and cool on the bottom part of the coil surface. If the a/c condenser is not operating as described, that is a warning sign that you are dealing with a damaged, or bad ac condenser. A bad A/C condenser will greatly affect the longevity of the air conditioner compressor. An underperforming air conditioning condenser will affect the entire a/c system operation and if not corrected on time will lead to more expensive repairs.
Common Warning signs of a Bad A/C Condenser
This is a list of the most common signs of a bad a/c condenser:
- Cold spots on the condenser coil surface indicates a problem
- Hot from top to bottom condenser coil indicates a problem
- A/C condenser corrosion will reduce the performance of the condenser
- road debris or surface restriction on the condenser
- Any bent or missing fins will decrease the rate of heat exchange between the refrigerant and the outside ambient air
- Excessive overload on the a/c compressor
- High overall head pressure of the air conditioning system
- Noticeable decrease in vehicle interior cooling performance
- Several compressor failures in a relatively short period of time
- Decreased condenser subcooling
- Higher temperature differential between the outside ambient air and the condensation temperature.
- Condenser fan assembly operating on high continuously
- Lower A/C compressor capacity.
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