The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Atlanta Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Atlanta home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a few reasons that are most common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician means 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. Bad AC 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. Your Air Conditioner is Low on 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, typically 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 suggest that you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC 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 perform correctly, 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 air conditioner unit not functional

    This usually indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or obstructed 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 simple 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 diagnose the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!