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

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Boise home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are fairly common. Knowing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is referring to when they address the options for correcting the problem. Here are the 5 most common 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. Wrong wiring

    Bad, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring may stop the system from getting power or can short the circuit breaker.

  2. Low refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air in your air conditioning system. depleting levels of refrigerant could imply a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that insinuates 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 encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not operating

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for conveying the heat from your Boise home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer does not occur and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. Worse yet, it may cause internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

    This typically 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 filthy air filters or blocked return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be derived from low refrigerant.

Best practices suggest that the most convenient way for a Boise area homeowner to prevent these common problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be uncovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly diagnose the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!