While there may be endless reasons why your Elkhart home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are most common. Recognizing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is saying when they outline the choices for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common 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.
- Wrong AC wiring
Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a probable fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.
- Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant
Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within 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, usually that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.
- Outside AC fan is not operating
The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Elkhart home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, 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.
- Outside air conditioner unit not functional
This typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.
- Frozen coil
A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by low refrigerant.
Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Elkhart area homeowner to prevent these expected problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be detected during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!