The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Provo Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Provo home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are several reasons that are most common. Identifying them may help you to understand what a technician means when they address the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top five problems that may result in a system’s failure. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Depleting refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to 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, typically that suggests 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 highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not working

    The outside fan is responsible for transferring the heat from your Provo home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, proper heat transfer does not occur 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 loss of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil often indicates trouble 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 Provo area homeowner to prevent these simple 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 review the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!