Common Hillsborough AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We previously told you about some of the most common air conditioning problems Hillsborough faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some common air conditioner problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not blowing 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 blowing from the A/C is actually cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is frequently a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

An easy way to see if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the large one 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 do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and learn why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Remember, 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 spinning.

There are many reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One is that it just burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity tends to cause 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 rotating and walk you through your options to get your A/C system problem resolved.

Your A/C is not providing adequate air cooling.

First thing’s first: try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes our busy lives cause us to ignore the obvious. If that doesn’t get your system working right, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause serious cooling issues. Another thing that could result in your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a very 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.

Air Conditioner 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 thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked 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 home cools to the proper 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 overtime to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual air conditioning issue 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 comfortable quickly.

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