The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Waldorf Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Waldorf 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 help you to understand what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Low on refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in 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, typically that suggests 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 suggest that 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 conveying the heat from your Waldorf 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. 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 broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

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

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a Waldorf area homeowner to prevent these simple 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 implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!