Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Fort Worth home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are several reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may help you to understand what a technician means when they address the choices for correcting the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may result in a system’s failure. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Wrong 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 short the circuit breaker.
- Low refrigerant
Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Low 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. For news 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 air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying 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.
- Outside unit not functional
This typically indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.
- The coil is frozen
A frozen coil often indicates a problem 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 simple 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!