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The 5 Most Common Problems You Can Encounter With Your Air Conditioner

air conditioner“Guess who went out last weekend? The air conditioner. I hope it had a good time. I didn’t.” – a Maxine Comic Strip

Having your air conditioner system die during one of the hottest weeks of the summer can be a huge stress. While there are many possible reasons for an air conditioner to be lacking in performance, there are several common, incidental reasons for an occasional repair. Recognizing what a problem might be may be helpful when hiring a professional to come in and assess possible damage and discuss a replacement or repair.

  1. Faulty Wiring. Wiring that hasn’t been installed by a certified professional is risky and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring to your air conditioner can prevent the system from getting the electricity that it requires and can prevent the system from powering on. Bad wiring can also trip your circuit breaker.
  2. Low Refrigerant.  Also known as Freon, refrigerant is a chemical that cools the air inside of your air conditioning system. Low levels of refrigerant can imply a leak or problem with the refrigeration system of an air conditioner. If your air conditioner requires a recharge of refrigerant, chances are that there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired by an HVAC professional.
  3. A Problem with the Outside Fan. The outside fan component of your air conditioner is responsible for conveying heat from your home to the outside of your house. If the fan isn’t working properly, proper heat transfer cannot occur. This may cause the compressor for the air conditioner to overheat and trip the safety overload. This may cause severe internal damage to the compressor and should be inspected and assessed by a HVAC professional immediately.
  4. The Outside Component of the Air Conditioning System is Not Working. Most likely this indicates a lack of power to the system or a problem with a contactor. It is also a possibility that you may have a faulty thermostat.
  5. A Frozen Coil. A frozen coil is often an indication of an issue with the airflow. Restrictions like this are often caused by dirty air filters or obstructed return air ducts. A frozen indoor coil can also be the result of low refrigerant.

We recommend that the most effective way for a homeowner to prevent these problems with their air conditioner is by participating in our preventative maintenance program. All of the above issues can be uncovered during routine maintenance scheduling. When dealing with these issues, though common, a professionally qualified and NATE-certified (North American Technician Excellence) technician should analyze the problem and assess proper and necessary repairs.

Island Point H.V.A.C. Services INC. is NATE-Certified, and we have over 20 years of experience with all of your heating and cooling needs. Our friendly technician is experienced and competent with any issues and repair when it comes to your air conditioner. Give us a call to inquire about a preventative maintenance schedule today.

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