AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Austin

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Austin home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they outline the routes for fixing the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad wiring

    Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Low 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 means 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.

  3. Outside fan is not operating

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying the heat from your Austin home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer cannot take place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. This action can lead to internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

    This typically indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem 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 simple 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!