While there may be endless reasons why your Salt Lake City home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is saying when they address the options for resolving the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.
- Faulty wiring
Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a probable fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.
- 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 could imply 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 located 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.
- Outside fan is not functioning
The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for transferring the heat from your Salt Lake City home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, 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.
- Outside unit not functional
This usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.
- Frozen coil
A frozen coil mainly indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.
Experts recommend that the most effective way for a Salt Lake City area homeowner to prevent these expected problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be found during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can efficiently review the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!