The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Naples Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Naples home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a few reasons that are most common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician is saying when they outline the choices for resolving the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Low on refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Low 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 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 operating

    The outside fan is responsible for moving the heat from your Naples home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer does not occur 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 lack of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. The coil is frozen

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

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Naples 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 efficiently analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!