AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Fort Lauderdale

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Fort Lauderdale home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician means when they discuss the choices for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common 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. Wrong wiring

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant usually will imply 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. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not operating

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying the heat from your Fort Lauderdale home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer cannot take 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 usually indicates a significant reduction of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil often indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty 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 Fort Lauderdale 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 quickly review the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!