Common Albany AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published some of the most common air conditioning problems Albany faces, but today we are here to tell you about some common 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 actually cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air being released from the AC is truly cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is often a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

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 likely good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re unsure or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Roland J. Down Service Experts and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central A/C systems, 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 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 verify these things, you may be able to locate the trouble; but, if not, give Roland J. Down Service Experts a call and we can inspect what has stopped your condenser fan from circulating and review your options to get your A/C system problem corrected.

Your A/C is not providing sufficient 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 system working right, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause significant cooling issues. Another issue 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 built. Roland J. Down Service Experts is happy to come out and do 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 repeatedly, it could mean one of multiple things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and needs to be cleaned. 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, it could result in an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work harder to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever typical or atypical A/C issue you run into, Roland J. Down Service Experts is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your comfortable quickly.

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