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 important to make sure the air coming out of your AC is actually cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

An easy way to verify if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. 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 to the touch, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your system is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should handle 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 could be that it merely burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity tends to cause 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 review your options to get your air conditioning problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing sufficient air cooling.

The first step is to try lowering your thermostat. It seems ridiculous 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 blocked, 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 constructed. 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 AC is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of several things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the system is cleaned and all blockages moved elsewhere, you may be back to a typical running AC. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if your home cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes your house 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 AC system cooling and get your family comfortable quickly.

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