The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Fort Worth Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Fort Worth home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are several reasons that are most common. Identifying them may help you to understand what a technician is referring to when they address the choices for fixing the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Low on refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that suggests 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 AC fan is not functioning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your Fort Worth 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. The consequence of this action could result in internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

    This usually indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Fort Worth area homeowner to prevent these common 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 efficiently review the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!