Common Albany AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published several of the most common air conditioning problems Albany faces, but now we’re back with some frequent AC issues that you can help troubleshoot.

The air conditioning system is on but not putting out cool air.

If your air conditioner is running but not actually cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air blowing from the AC is really cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is usually a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to see 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, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it is, you are probably good to go and do not need more refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold to the touch, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll pay you a visit and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your system is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are many reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One could be that it just burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity generally causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining right or that the drain is hindered. If you can check for these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can look into what is keeping your condenser fan from circulating and go over your options to get your A/C system problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing ample air cooling.

First thing’s first: try lowering your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes our busy lives cause us to overlook the obvious. If dropping the temperature 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 thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are designed. D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and perform an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your system is causing your troubles.

A/C system shuts on and off constantly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off consistently, it could mean one of multiple things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all clogs moved away, you may be back to a normal running system. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the home 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 AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, whatever usual or unusual air conditioning issue you run into, D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your A/C cooling and get your home comfortable as soon as possible.

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