Common Columbia AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

The A/C 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 inspected. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air coming out of your AC is truly cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is usually a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

One way to confirm if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find 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 probably good to go and won’t need extra refrigerant.

If you’re not convinced or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you feel it, 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 air conditioning 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 simply burned out and you need a replacement. Humidity generally causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining correctly or that the drain is hindered. If you can check for these things, you may be able to find 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 our busy lives cause us to overlook 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 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 built. Midland Air Service Experts is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to verify if the size of your AC is causing your issues.

Air Conditioner 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 many things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged 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 regular running system. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the house cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes your house to heat up quickly, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever common or uncommon AC 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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