Common Charleston AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

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

If your AC is running but not really cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air blowing from the AC is really cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is often an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

One way to see if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. If the large one is “sweating” or giving off 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 won’t need more 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 come out and check your refrigerant levels and discover why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

There are several reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One might be that it simply burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity typically causes 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 locate the trouble; but, if not, give Pardee Service Experts a call and we can find out what is preventing your condenser fan from circulating 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 decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy 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 major cooling issues. Another problem 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 confirm whether or not the size of your AC is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off repeatedly

If your air conditioner 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 blocked or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the system is cleaned and all clogs moved aside, you may be back to a typical running air conditioner. 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 AC because it’s having to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever common or uncommon air conditioning 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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