Common Charleston AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published a few of the most common air conditioning problems Charleston faces, but today we are here to tell you about some common air conditioner troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

The A/C is on but not blowing cool air.

If your AC is running but not actually cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air coming out of your system is really cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a sign 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 producing condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it is, you are probably good to go and won’t need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Pardee Service Experts and we’ll pay you a visit and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your AC is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be that it merely burned out and you have to get 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 obstructed. If you can look for these things, you may be able to find the trouble; but, if not, give Pardee Service Experts a call and we can find out what has stopped your condenser fan from rotating and walk you through your options to get your AC problem fixed.

Your AC system is not providing adequate 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 that doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause significant cooling issues. Another thing that could result in your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Pardee Service Experts is happy to come out and perform an analysis to determine if the size of your AC is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off repeatedly

If your AC 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 should be cleaned. Once the system is cleaned and all clogs moved aside, you may be back to a typical running AC. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the desired temperatures, but then the humidity causes the home to heat up quickly, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever common or uncommon AC issue you run into, Pardee Service Experts is here for you all day, everyday. We are available to you so we can get your AC system cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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