Common Champaign AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published a few of the most common air conditioning problems Champaign faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some common 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 might need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air blowing from the AC is actually cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is usually 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 to your A/C system and locate the two copper pipes. If the large one is “sweating” or producing condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and don’t require 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 and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and find out why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should manage refrigerant for central air conditioning systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

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 obstructed. If you can check for these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Chief/Bauer Service Experts a call and we can find out what is preventing your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your A/C system problem resolved.

Your air conditioner is not providing ample air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes it’s easy to miss the obvious. If lowering the thermostat 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 problems. Another problem 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 constructed. Chief/Bauer Service Experts is happy to come out and perform an analysis to determine if the size of your system is causing your issues.

Air Conditioner 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 thing is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the system 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 correct 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 your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever common or uncommon A/C issue you run into, Chief/Bauer Service Experts is here for you 24/7/365. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable as soon as possible.

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