Common North America AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published several of the most common air conditioning problems North America faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some frequent air conditioner issues that you can help troubleshoot.

The A/C is on but not releasing cool air.

If your air conditioner is running but not truly cooling, you could need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air blowing from the system is really cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is often an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

One way to verify if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or covered in condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and won’t need extra refrigerant.

If you’re not convinced or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and find out why your system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are several reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One is that it merely burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity typically causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining properly or that the drain is blocked. If you can verify these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can find out what has stopped your condenser fan from rotating and walk you through your options to get your air conditioning problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing adequate air cooling.

The first step is to try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes we tend to forget the obvious. If that doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling troubles. Another issue that could cause your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are built. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and do an analysis to determine if the size of your A/C system is causing your problems.

A/C system shuts on and off repeatedly

If your air conditioner is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of several things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the system is cleaned and all blockages moved out of the way, you may be back to a typical running air conditioner. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if your house cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes your home to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual A/C trouble you run into, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your family comfortable as soon as possible.

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