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

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Kingston home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are several reasons that are quite common. Identifying them may help you to understand what a technician is saying when they discuss the routes for fixing the problem. Here are the 5 most common 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 wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant could 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 insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located 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 turning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying the heat from your Kingston 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 usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates trouble with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by old air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

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