Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Austin home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they outline the routes for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Faulty AC wiring
Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.
- Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant
Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we suggest that you to visit the U.S. EPA website.
- Outside AC fan is not operating
The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your Austin home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer is not taking place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. This action can lead to internal damage to the compressor.
- Outside air conditioner unit not functional
This usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.
- Frozen inside coil
A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.
Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Austin area homeowner to prevent these common problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be found during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly review the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!