The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Edmonton Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Edmonton home’s central air conditioner may need to be serviced, there are a few reasons that are most common. Identifying them may clarify what a technician is saying when they discuss the choices for resolving the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may result in a system’s failure. Please review these considerations and determine whether you need to schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad AC 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 short the circuit breaker.

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant could suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically 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 highly recommend you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not turning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your Edmonton home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t run, proper heat transfer cannot take place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. The consequence of this action could result in internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside air conditioner unit not functional

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

  5. The coil is frozen

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

Experts recommend that the number one way for a Edmonton 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 promptly analyze the problem area and make the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!