The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Albany Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Albany home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they outline the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top five problems that may result in a system’s failure. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

    Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a potential fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected 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 working

    The outside fan is responsible for conveying the heat from your Albany home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer cannot take 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 often indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. The coil is frozen

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

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a Albany area homeowner to prevent these expected 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 promptly diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!