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

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Jacksonville home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are several reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they discuss the choices for resolving the problem. Here are the top 5 list of 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 wiring

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant could imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. For news 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 operating

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for conveying the heat from your Jacksonville home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer is not taking place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

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

  5. The coil is frozen

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

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a Jacksonville 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 quickly diagnose the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!