Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your West Palm Beach home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are several reasons that are quite common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they address the options for correcting the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Faulty AC wiring
Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.
- Your Air Conditioner is Leaking refrigerant
Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant usually will imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.
- Outside AC fan is not turning
The outside fan is responsible for transferring the heat from your West Palm Beach home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer is not taking place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.
- Outside air conditioner unit not functional
This often indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.
- Frozen coil
A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.
Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a West Palm Beach area homeowner to prevent these simple problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be detected during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!