AC Compressor is the main thing of an AC system which gives you chilled air in hot summer. Living without AC is tough if you are in a very hot and humid region. But, when summer is at its peak, your AC starts acting haywire, and cooling is not up to the mark, it is very frustrating. I have been in this problem last summer, and I can really feel the pain. But, after having issues for many days, I was finally able to reach a conclusion and fix the problem.
Since I have been in this situation, I have been trying to find a solution online, and I saw many folks asking on Quora about an issue they are facing, and the query is “Why does my AC compression shut off after 2-3 minutes“. In this article, I am here to explain everything about it, as I feel the answers shared there by various users didn’t look like the people actually had the issue. Thus, I am here to write about it as per my experience I had last summer.
- 1 Common Causes Of AC Compressor Shutting Off
- 2 How Does An AC Get Affected When the Air Compressor Shuts Down?
- 3 Conclusion
The very quick answer I would give you to this question is, that when the room is cool as per the temperature you have set in your AC, the compressor shuts off. Sometimes it may take 1 minute to cool that much or sometimes it would take more time. But, if your AC compressor is shutting off every 2-3 minutes even when your room is not cool yet, then there could be some issues with your AC system
Believe me, it is frustrating when you are perspiring, and the compressor shuts off before you are cooled enough. Let’s get into more details, and find out why the AC compressor keeps shutting off within 2-3 minutes.
Common Causes Of AC Compressor Shutting Off
When your room gets cool enough as per the set temperature, the compressor gets off, and it starts again when the coolness decreases. This is the main reason for the compressor getting shut off. But, if it is shutting off without even cooling the room completely that may be because of some issues, and that is what I am explaining further in this article.
Low Refrigerant Levels (Refrigerant Leakage)
Refrigerant is the most important thing about an AC because it is what makes you feel cool by giving out cool air. due to leaks, refrigerant levels may decrease, and because of that your AC will stop cooling, and the compressor keeps shutting down again and again which hinders the cooling process.
Low refrigerant levels can indeed cause an air compressor to shut down after 2-3 minutes of operation. This happens because refrigerant plays a critical role in the air conditioning process.
In an AC the refrigerant which is also called “gas” in general talks, goes through phase changes, transforming from a gas to a liquid and back again. During this cycle, the refrigerant absorbs heat from inside your room and releases it outside; because of that, you feel very hot when you stand outside of your room where the AC is fixed. Yes, you can’t even stand for a while from where the AC expels out the hot air. Due to this, the hot air gets out, and indoor air gets cool.
The normal levels of the refrigerant maintain the AC system pressure. But, when the refrigerant levels go down, so is the pressure. When there is low pressure, the compressor shuts off. And, to be exact, when your compressor is off, it means your AC is off because, without a compressor, your AC is nothing more than a Fan.
One important thing, when there is a refrigerant leak is happening, you will see ice build up on the AC Evaporator coil. This is an indication of leakage.
To tackle this issue, you must get the refrigerant refilled, and fix the leaks.