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

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Gainesville home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are several reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they discuss the choices for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad wiring

    Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Depleted 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 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 located 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 working

    The outside fan is responsible for conveying the heat from your Gainesville home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer does not occur 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 usually indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil often indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the number one way for a Gainesville area homeowner to prevent these expected problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be discovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can promptly diagnose the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!