Common Hillsborough AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed a few of the most common air conditioning problems Hillsborough faces, but today we are here to tell you about some common air conditioner problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not putting out cool air.

If your air conditioning system is running but not really cooling, you could need to have your refrigerant levels examined. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air coming out of your A/C is actually cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is frequently an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

An easy way to see if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. If the larger of the two is “sweating” or covered in condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are most likely good to go and don’t require more refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts and we’ll come out and check your refrigerant levels and learn why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should manage refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are several reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One is that it just burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity typically causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining right or that the drain is obstructed. If you can check for these things, you may be able to find the issue; but, if not, give Fras-Air/General Service Experts a call and we can determine what is keeping your condenser fan from circulating and walk you through your options to get your AC problem resolved.

Your air conditioner is not providing adequate air cooling.

First thing’s first: try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy to ignore the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your home cooling and comfortable again, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause serious cooling issues. Another problem that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are designed. Fras-Air/General Service Experts is happy to come out and do an analysis to verify if the size of your system is causing your problems.

AC shuts on and off repeatedly

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

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual air conditioning trouble you run into, Fras-Air/General Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available anytime so we can get your A/C cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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