The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems the Niagara Region Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your the Niagara Region home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are fairly common. Recognizing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is referring to when they address the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the top 5 list of 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

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low 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 insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected and repaired. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not working

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for transferring the heat from your the Niagara Region home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, 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 air conditioner unit not functional

    This often indicates a significant reduction of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

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

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