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

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Indianapolis home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a few reasons that are quite common. Recognizing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they address the routes for resolving the problem. Here are the 5 most common problems that may cause your AC unit to fail. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant may indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located 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 turning

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for transferring the heat from your Indianapolis 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. This action can lead to internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

    This usually indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. The coil is frozen

    A frozen coil often indicates an issue with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be the result of low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Indianapolis area homeowner to prevent these expected 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 analyze the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!