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

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Albany home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they outline the options for correcting the problem. Here are the 5 most common 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 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 trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known 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, 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 fan is not operating

    The fan on your outside AC unit 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 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 often indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty 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 analyze the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!