Common Raleigh AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed several of the most common air conditioning problems Raleigh faces, but now we’re back with some frequent AC problems 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 coming out of your A/C is really cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is oftentimes an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to verify 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, put your hand on the pipe and 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 covered in 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 AC is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

There are multiple reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One could be that it simply 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 find the trouble; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can determine what is preventing 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.

It sounds crazy, but try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy to forget the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your system working right, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling troubles. Another problem that could result in 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 constantly

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 blocked or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all obstructions moved elsewhere, you may be back to a typical running AC. Keep in mind that humidity also plays a role so if the house cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes your house to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work vigorously to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever common or uncommon A/C trouble 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 air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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