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

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Austin home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are quite common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they address the options for correcting the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant usually will 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 found and repaired. To learn about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not turning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Austin home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer cannot take place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. This action can lead to 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 an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the number one way for a Austin area homeowner to prevent these simple 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 quickly diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!