While there may be endless reasons why your Tulsa home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a couple of reasons that are quite common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they address the options for resolving 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.
- Wrong wiring
Bad, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a probable fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.
- Low refrigerant
Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within 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, 90% of the time that insinuates 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 encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.
- Outside fan is not working
The outside fan is responsible for moving the heat from your Tulsa home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.
- Outside unit not functional
This often indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.
- Frozen inside coil
A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy 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 Tulsa 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 quickly diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!