Common Raleigh AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We previously told you about several of the most common air conditioning problems Raleigh faces, but now we’re back with some frequent air conditioning troubles 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 might need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air blowing from the A/C is actually cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is oftentimes a sign 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 to your A/C system and locate the two copper pipes. If the larger of the two is “sweating” or covered in condensation, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and won’t need extra refrigerant.

If you’re unsure or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll stop by and confirm your refrigerant levels and find out why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioning systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are multiple reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One could be that it merely burned out and you need a replacement. Humidity generally causes more condensation so another problem to look out for is that the water is not draining right or that the drain is obstructed. If you can confirm these things, you may be able to locate the trouble; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can inspect what has stopped your condenser fan from rotating and go over your options to get your air conditioner problem resolved.

Your A/C is not providing sufficient air cooling.

First thing’s first: try lowering your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy to forget 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 blocked, it could cause significant cooling troubles. Another problem that could be causing your lack of cooling is an A/C system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and complete an analysis to verify if the size of your system is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off over and over

If your AC is short cycling, or turning on or off consistently, it could mean one of a few things. One option is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the system is cleaned and all obstructions moved out of the way, you may be back to a typical running air conditioner. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if the 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 vigorously to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, whatever common or uncommon A/C issue you run into, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you around the clock. We are available to you so we can get your AC system cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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