Common Albany AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published a few of the most common air conditioning problems Albany faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some typical air conditioner troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not putting out cool air.

If your A/C system is running but not really cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air being released from the system is truly cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly an indicator 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, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re unsure or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and find out why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioning systems, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One could be that it just burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining properly or that the drain is blocked. If you can look for these things, you may be able to find the trouble; but, if not, give Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can inspect what is preventing your condenser fan from circulating and walk you through your options to get your A/C system problem corrected.

Your air conditioner is not providing adequate air cooling.

First thing’s first: try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your home cooling and comfortable again, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause significant cooling issues. Another issue that could be causing your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are built. Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and do an analysis to determine if the size of your system is causing your issues.

A/C system shuts on and off constantly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of several things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the equipment is cleaned and all clogs moved out of the way, you may be back to a normal running air conditioner. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes the house to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work overtime to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever common or uncommon A/C trouble you run into, Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable as soon as possible.

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