Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Pierre home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Knowing what they are may help you to understand what a technician means when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Bad wiring
Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.
- Low refrigerant
Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. For news 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 turning
The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying the heat from your Pierre home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, 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.
- Outside unit not functional
This usually indicates a significant reduction of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.
- Frozen inside coil
A frozen coil often indicates trouble with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.
Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Pierre area homeowner to prevent these common problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be detected during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can promptly review the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!