Common Columbia AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air.

If your air conditioner is running but not actually cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air coming out of your AC is truly cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is frequently a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

An easy way to confirm 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, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are probably good to go and won’t need extra refrigerant.

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

You air condenser fan isn’t turning.

There are several reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One is that it merely burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity generally causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining properly or that the drain is hindered. If you can check for these things, you may be able to locate the trouble; but, if not, give Midland Air Service Experts a call and we can find out what is keeping your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your AC problem resolved.

Your AC system is not providing ample air cooling.

The first step is to try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes it’s easy to overlook 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 obstructed, it could cause serious cooling problems. Another thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are constructed. Midland Air Service Experts is happy to come out and complete an analysis to verify if the size of your air conditioner is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off over and over

If your air conditioner is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of many things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all obstructions moved out of the way, you may be back to a normal running system. Note 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, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever typical or atypical air conditioning trouble you run into, Midland Air Service Experts is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your A/C cooling and get your home comfortable lickety-split.

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