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

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Buffalo home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, 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. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Wrong wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. depleting 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, usually that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired. To read about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not functioning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your Buffalo home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer is not taking 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 unit not functional

    This typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen coil

    A frozen coil mainly indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty 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 Buffalo 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 efficiently analyze the problem area and implement the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!