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 air conditioning 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 actually cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is frequently a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to verify if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. 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’s cold to the touch, you are most likely good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

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

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

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 problem; but, if not, give D.A. Bennett Service Experts a call and we can look into what is keeping your condenser fan from rotating and go over your options to get your AC 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 home cooling and comfortable again, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause major cooling troubles. Another thing that could result in 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 is happy to come out and perform an analysis to determine if 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 several things. One thing 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 blockages moved away, you may be back to a regular running system. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the proper 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 usual or unusual AC issue you run into, D.A. Bennett Service Experts is here for you 24/7/365. 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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