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

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 couple of reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are 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. Faulty wiring

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

  2. Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant may indicate 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 detected 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 fan is not working

    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 unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen inside coil

    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 caused by low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Naples area homeowner to prevent these common 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 diagnose the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!