AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Atlanta

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Atlanta home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they discuss the routes 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.

  1. Faulty wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant could suggest 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. To learn 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 fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Atlanta home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer is not taking place 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 unit not functional

    This typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Atlanta area homeowner to prevent these common 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 analyze the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!