Common Tempe AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

The air conditioning system is on but not blowing cool air.

If your A/C system is running but not really cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is necessary to make sure the air being released from the system is truly cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is usually a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

An easy way to verify 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 is, you are likely good to go and don’t require 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 Bob Brown Service Experts and we’ll stop by and examine your refrigerant levels and find out why your AC is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

There are several reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be that it merely burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity typically causes more condensation so another issue could be that the water is not draining right or that the drain is blocked. If you can confirm these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Bob Brown Service Experts a call and we can determine what is preventing your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your AC problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing ample air cooling.

First thing’s first: try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your system working right, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause serious cooling problems. Another problem that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are built. Bob Brown Service Experts is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your air conditioner is causing your problems.

Air Conditioner shuts on and off constantly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of a few things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all clogs moved aside, you may be back to a regular running AC. Note that humidity also plays a role so if your 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 AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever typical or atypical air conditioning problem you run into, Bob Brown Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available all the time so we can get your A/C cooling and get your family comfortable lickety-split.

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