AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Oklahoma City

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Oklahoma City 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 means when they discuss the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may result in a system’s failure. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad wiring

    Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is risky 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 usually will imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected and repaired. To learn 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 fan is not working

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for conveying the heat from your Oklahoma City 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 unit not functional

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

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil often 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 Oklahoma City area homeowner to prevent these expected 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 review the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!