The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Wheeling Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Wheeling home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are fairly common. Identifying them may create some personal understanding what a technician is saying when they discuss the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty AC wiring

    Improper, 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.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. For news 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 AC fan is not functioning

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for transferring the heat from your Wheeling home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. The consequence of this action could result in internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

    This usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the most convenient way for a Wheeling 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 promptly review the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!