AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in East Syracuse

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your East Syracuse home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are several reasons that are quite common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician is saying when they address the choices for resolving 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.

  1. Faulty wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant could suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. To read 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 fan is not functioning

    The outside fan is responsible for moving the heat from your East Syracuse home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer cannot take place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. This action can lead to internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil mainly 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 caused by low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a East Syracuse area homeowner to prevent these simple 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 diagnose the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!