Common Roanoke AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

The air conditioning system is on but not putting out cool air.

If your air conditioning system is running but not truly cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air being released from the system is really cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is often a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

One way to see if you are low on refrigerant is to go to your A/C system and locate the two copper pipes. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or giving off condensation, feel the pipe to see 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 positive or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll stop by and check your refrigerant levels and find out why your system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should manage refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are several reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One is that it merely burned out and you need a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another issue could be that the water is not draining properly or that the drain is blocked. If you can check for these things, you may be able to discover the trouble; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can determine what has stopped your condenser fan from rotating and review your options to get your A/C system problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing adequate air cooling.

First thing’s first: try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes it’s easy to forget the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your system working right, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause serious cooling troubles. Another thing that could result in your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are constructed. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to determine if the size of your air conditioner is causing your issues.

AC shuts on and off over and over

If your air conditioner is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of a few things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the equipment 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 the home cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes the house to heat up quickly, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, whatever typical or atypical AC trouble you run into, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you 24/7/365. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your comfortable quickly.

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