The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Savannah Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Savannah home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a few reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they address the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad AC wiring

    Bad, 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. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could suggest 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 detected and repaired. To read 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 air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Savannah 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 air conditioner unit not functional

    This often indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by filthy air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the number one way for a Savannah 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 review the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!