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

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 routes for correcting the problem. Here are the top five 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. Faulty wiring

    Improper, 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. Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that suggests 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 suggest that you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not operating

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for transferring the heat from your Waldorf home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer is not taking place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

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

  5. The coil is frozen

    A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of 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 analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!