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

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Jackson home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Recognizing what they are may clarify what a technician is referring to when they outline the options for correcting 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. Bad wiring

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant could suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found 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 functioning

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for moving the heat from your Jackson 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. The consequence of this action could result in 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. Frozen inside coil

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

Best practices suggest that the most effective way for a Jackson 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 efficiently diagnose the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!