The Five Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Shreveport Homeowners Face

January 30, 2015

While there may be endless reasons why your Shreveport home’s central air conditioner may need to be looked at by a certified contractor, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may clarify what a technician is saying when they address the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top five problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Review the Top 5 list below and if any of these scenarios exist in your home, please schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad AC wiring

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

  2. Your Air Conditioner is Low on refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Reduced levels of refrigerant may suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, 90% of the time that suggests there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. For news about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we suggest that you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside AC fan is not operating

    The fan on your outside AC unit is responsible for transferring the heat from your Shreveport home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t perform correctly, 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 typically indicates a loss of power, contactor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

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

Best practices suggest that the most convenient way for a Shreveport area homeowner to prevent these common 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 promptly analyze the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!