The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Dayton Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Dayton home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they discuss the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may result in a system’s failure. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong AC wiring

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant usually will 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 means 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 AC fan is not functioning

    The fan on your outside AC unit 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 cannot take 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 air conditioner unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen inside coil

    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 common 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 apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!