Common Hurricane AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed several of the most common air conditioning problems Hurricane faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some frequent air conditioner problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner 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 necessary to make sure the air being released from the AC is truly cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a symptom 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 large one is “sweating” or covered in condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it is, you are probably good to go and won’t need more refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Teays Valley Service Experts and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and learn why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are many reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One is that it just burned out and you need a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another problem to look out for is that the water is not draining correctly or that the drain is obstructed. If you can confirm these things, you may be able to find the issue; but, if not, give Teays Valley Service Experts a call and we can look into what has stopped your condenser fan from circulating and walk you through your options to get your air conditioning problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing sufficient air cooling.

The first step is to try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes it’s easy to overlook the obvious. If that 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 troubles. Another problem that could cause your lack of cooling is an A/C system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are constructed. Teays Valley Service Experts is happy to come out and do an analysis to determine if the size of your air conditioner is causing your issues.

Air Conditioner shuts on and off constantly

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

No matter your trouble, whatever typical or atypical AC problem you run into, Teays Valley Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available anytime so we can get your AC system cooling and get your home comfortable lickety-split.

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