The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Fort Myers Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Fort Myers home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are several reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician means when they discuss the choices for fixing 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 AC wiring

    Bad, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a probable fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant may imply 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 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 AC fan is not operating

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for conveying the heat from your Fort Myers home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, 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 usually indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. The coil is frozen

    A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or collapsed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the number one way for a Fort Myers 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 quickly analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!