There are many reasons why your home’s central air unit may need to be repaired but there are only a handful of those reasons that we find to be most common. Knowing what they are may help you to understand what a technician is referring to when you need to discuss the options for correcting the problem.

WomanACHere are the top five problems that may cause your central air system to break down:

1. Low Refrigerant
Refrigerant (or Freon) is used to cool the air. Low levels of refrigerant may indicate a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your system needs the refrigerant recharged, chances are there is a leak which should be located and repaired.

2. Outside Unit Not Functioning
This typically indicates a lack of power, contractor problems or even a faulty thermostat.

3. Frozen Inside Coil
A frozen coil often indicates an airflow problem which can stem from dirty air filters, blocked return air ductwork, low refrigerant and other issues.

4. Faulty Wiring
Improper, haphazard or uncertified wiring is dangerous and a potential fire hazard. Bad wiring can trip the circuit breaker or prevent the system from getting an ample power supply.

5. Outside Fan Is Not Working
The outside fan transfers the unwanted heat from your home back outdoors. If the fan on the outside is not running, proper heat transfer is not taking place and you run a serious risk of air compressor overload which may overheat and cause internal damage to the compressor and / or trip the safety overload.

The best way for a homeowner to prevent these common problems is by participating in a preventative maintenance program. All of these issues and more can be detected during routine maintenance tune-ups and can end up saving you hundreds of dollars over expensive repair and replacement costs. Most importantly, yearly tune-ups can help keep your family safe and comfortable all year long.
Fosters offers a Tune & Clean program to Linn County residents that will address each of these issues, clean your system and make sure it is running at its best. Give us a call or visit our webpage to get your tune and clean scheduled today!