When your air conditioner conks out on a hot summer day in Spring Hill, you probably have no idea what the problem is. It may be very simple, or, possibly a bigger concern. The only way to know is to have it checked by a certified ac repair specialist.
There are, however, a few very common problems that homeowners experience with their central air conditioning system. Following are the top 6 ac repair issues that occur here in Spring Hill.
1) Bad capacitor
Faulty capacitors are the single most common repair problem we find with central air conditioning systems. Fortunately, a capacitor is also one of the least expensive parts that fail. (A failed compressor is the most expensive).
2) Faulty wiring
Worn, frayed, or improper wiring is another lead cause of problems. If the high voltage wiring is in poor condition this is an issue for a certified electrician. It may also indicate other wiring problems within your home so it’s a good idea to have your entire electrical wiring system checked for other problems as well
3) Refrigerant leaks
Refrigerant is how a central air conditioning systems is able to transfer unwanted heat and generate cooling. The 2 most common types are R-410a and R-22, which is being phased out of use.
Low refrigerant levels generally indicate a leak with the refrigerant system. This can be a problem as the leaks are not always easy to isolate and even if it is found, the repair can be expensive or impractical.
4) Bad fan motor
Another common problem here in Spring Hill is the fan motor within the outdoor unit. It’s called a condenser fan and it’s job is to dissipate heat and keep the cooling system working at the proper temperature levels.
A bad fan motor can lead to even bigger problems, such as a failed compressor due to high temperature levels and increased pressure within the entire AC system. If you hear the outdoor unit running but the fan is not spinning, shut the entire system down immediately and do not run it again and call for service.
5) Tripped breaker
This is the easiest item to check for yourself. A tripped breaker can shut the entire system down, or at least the outdoor unit. Just go to the breaker panel(s) and look for breakers marked “ac”, “air handler” “outdoor condenser” or other similar labels.
There may have been a brief power surge which tripped the breaker and prevented a more serious overload of the systems. If you reset the breaker and it trips again, call for service as you another, more serious issue to address.
6) Frozen cooling coil(s)
When you see a large block of ice anywhere within the system, it usually indicates a low refrigerant charge (and possibly a leak) or blocked airflow due to a filter issue. If you see this be sure to shut the system off right away as the AC repair tech will not be able to diagnose the problem until the ice melts.
Sometimes, just turning on the heat for a few minutes can speed up the melting process.
Do you have an ac repair problem? Call us today at 352-436-1876 for award winning service