The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Memphis Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Memphis home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Recognizing what they are may help you to understand what a technician means when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top five 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

    Improper, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a potential fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that means there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired. For news about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not working

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for moving the heat from your Memphis 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 air conditioner unit not functional

    This typically indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

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

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Memphis 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 apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!