AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Salt Lake City

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Salt Lake City home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is saying when they discuss the options for fixing 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

    Shotty, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is dangerous and a potential fire hazard. Bad wiring can prevent 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 in your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, usually that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be found and repaired. To read 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 fan is not working

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for moving the heat from your Salt Lake City home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer is not taking place 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 significant reduction of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the most convenient way for a Salt Lake City area homeowner to prevent these expected 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 review the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!