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 looked at by a certified contractor, there are several reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is saying when they outline the choices for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may result in a system’s failure. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in 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 insinuates 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 highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not operating

    The outside fan is responsible for transferring 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 air conditioner unit not functional

    This often indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a bad 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.

Experts recommend that the most convenient 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 found during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can efficiently analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!