AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Daytona Beach

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Daytona Beach home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is saying when they address the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top five 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

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

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (more commonly referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside 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, usually that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be detected 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 working

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Daytona Beach 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 unit not functional

    This often indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a broken thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically 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.

Best practices suggest that the number one way for a Daytona Beach 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!