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

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Cleveland home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are several reasons that are fairly common. Identifying them may help you to understand what a technician is referring to when they outline the options for correcting the problem. Here are the top 5 list of 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. Wrong wiring

    Bad, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a potential fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents 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. Reduced levels of refrigerant could imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected and repaired. To read 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 Cleveland home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer is not taking 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 unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil typically 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 derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a Cleveland area homeowner to prevent these simple problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be uncovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can promptly analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!