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

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Memphis home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a couple of reasons that are quite common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician is referring to when they discuss the routes 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 wiring

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

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant usually will 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 insinuates 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 highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not operating

    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 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 unit not functional

    This typically indicates a loss 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 obstructed 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 diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!