The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Ocala Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Ocala home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is referring to when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top five 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. Faulty AC wiring

    Shotty, 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. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could indicate 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 encourage 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 moving the heat from your Ocala home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, 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 faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

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

Experts recommend that the number one way for a Ocala area homeowner to prevent these simple problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be discovered 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!