The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Clearwater Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Clearwater home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are several reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they outline the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may result in a system’s failure. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty AC wiring

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant may indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. To learn about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we highly recommend 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 moving the heat from your Clearwater home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. This action can lead to internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

    This typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil often indicates trouble with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the number one way for a Clearwater area homeowner to prevent these expected problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be discovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!