The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Columbus Homeowners Face

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 couple of reasons that are most common. Recognizing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top 5 list of 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.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

    Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a potential fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. depleting 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 insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected and repaired. For news 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 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 perform correctly, proper heat transfer is not taking place 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.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

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

  5. The coil is frozen

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

Best practices suggest that the most effective 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 make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!