The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Kitchener Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Kitchener home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are quite common. Knowing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is saying when they address the routes for correcting the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may result in a system’s failure. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty AC wiring

    Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a possible 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 (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant usually will suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected and repaired. For news 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 AC fan is not operating

    The outside fan is responsible for conveying the heat from your Kitchener home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer cannot take 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 air conditioner 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 an issue 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.

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