Common Champaign AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

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

If your air conditioning system is running but not truly cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air blowing from the AC is actually 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 to your A/C system and locate the two copper pipes. If the larger of the two is “sweating” or producing 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 when you place your hand on it, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 manage refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are multiple reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One is that it merely burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another issue could be that the water is not draining right or that the drain is blocked. If you can check for these things, you may be able to discover the problem; but, if not, give Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can find out what has stopped your condenser fan from turning and walk you through your options to get your AC problem resolved.

Your air conditioner is not providing ample air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes our busy lives cause us to miss the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your system working right, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause significant cooling problems. Another thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an A/C system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are built. Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and perform an analysis to determine if the size of your system is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off repeatedly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off consistently, it could mean one of many things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all obstructions moved out of the way, you may be back to a normal running system. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes the house to heat up quickly, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work overtime to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever common or uncommon A/C trouble you run into, Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you 24/7/365. We are available to you so we can get your AC system cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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