AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Fort Myers

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 is referring to when they discuss the choices for fixing 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

    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 trip the circuit breaker.

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant may imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found 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 operating

    The outside fan is responsible for transferring the heat from your Fort Myers home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer cannot take 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 faulty thermostat.

  5. The coil is frozen

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem 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 most effective 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 promptly diagnose the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!