AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in West Palm Beach

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your West Palm Beach home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are several reasons that are most common. Recognizing what they are may help you to understand what a technician means when they outline the options for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad wiring

    Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of 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 means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected 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.

  3. Outside fan is not turning

    The outside fan is responsible for conveying 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 cannot take 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 unit not functional

    This often indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty 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 promptly analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!