The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Fort Lauderdale Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless 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. Identifying them may clarify what a technician is referring to when they discuss the choices for correcting the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

    Bad, 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. Your Air Conditioner is Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant may imply 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 found and repaired. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we highly recommend 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 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 air conditioner unit not functional

    This typically indicates a significant reduction of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or obstructed 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 promptly review the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!