The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Tulsa Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Tulsa home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician is referring to when they outline the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

    Improper, 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.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Low on refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known 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.

  3. Outside AC fan is not operating

    The fan on your outside AC unit 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. The consequence of this action could result in internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

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

  5. The coil is frozen

    A frozen coil often indicates an issue 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 Tulsa area homeowner to prevent these simple 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 apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!