The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Windsor Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Windsor home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are several reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they outline the choices for correcting the problem. Here are the top five 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. Faulty AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant usually will 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 means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired. For news about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we suggest that you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not operating

    The outside fan is responsible for conveying the heat from your Windsor home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, 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.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

    This often indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically 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 derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the number one way for a Windsor area homeowner to prevent these expected problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be found 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!