AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Columbus

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Columbus home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Recognizing what they are may clarify what a technician means when they discuss the routes for correcting the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may result in a system’s failure. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong wiring

    Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a probable fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected 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 fan is not turning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Columbus home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer cannot take place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates trouble with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.

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