The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems West Chester Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your West Chester home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for correcting the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. 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

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant may suggest 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 highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not turning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your West Chester home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, 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.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a West Chester area homeowner to prevent these common problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be uncovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can promptly diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!