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 couple of reasons that are most common. Recognizing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is saying when they address the choices for resolving the problem. Here are the top five problems that may result in a system’s failure. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Wrong wiring
Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a probable fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.
- Depleted refrigerant
Refrigerant (also known 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 means 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 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 run, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.
- Outside unit not functional
This typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.
- Frozen coil
A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or obstructed 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 promptly analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!