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

January 30, 2015

Although there may be hundreds of factors why your Canada home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a few reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they address the routes for fixing the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may result in a system’s failure. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Faulty wiring

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

  2. Leaking refrigerant

    Refrigerant (typically referred to as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air within your air conditioning system. Low 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 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 functioning

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for moving the heat from your Canada 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. 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 faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

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

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