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 quite common. Identifying them may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they address the options for resolving the problem. Here are the top five 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.
- Bad wiring
Bad, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.
- Depleted refrigerant
Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low 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 encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.
- Outside 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.
- Outside unit not functional
This usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.
- The coil is frozen
A frozen coil typically 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 most effective 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 promptly diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!