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

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Dayton home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are quite common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for resolving 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 unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located 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 functioning

    The outside fan is responsible for moving the heat from your Dayton home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer is not taking place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. This action can lead to internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

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

  5. The coil is frozen

    A frozen coil mainly indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the most convenient way for a Dayton area homeowner to prevent these simple 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 promptly diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!