AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in La Porte

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your La Porte home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician means when they address the options for correcting the problem. Here are the top five problems that may result in a system’s failure. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty wiring

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

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that insinuates 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 working

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your La Porte 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 often indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

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

Best practices suggest that the most convenient way for a La Porte area homeowner to prevent these expected 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 analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!