The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems La Porte Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your La Porte home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are quite common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician means when they address the routes for fixing 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. Bad AC 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. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant could indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that means 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 AC fan is not working

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying 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 air conditioner unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by 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 found 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!