Common Rochester AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published several of the most common air conditioning problems Rochester faces, but now we’re back with some common air conditioner troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

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

If your AC is running but not actually cooling, you could need to have your refrigerant levels examined. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air coming out of your system is truly cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is often an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

A simple way to check 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 covered in condensation, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and won’t need more refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Strogen's Service Experts and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Remember, 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 is that it simply burned out and you need a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another problem to look out for is that the water is not draining right or that the drain is hindered. If you can check for these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Strogen's Service Experts a call and we can inspect what is preventing your condenser fan from turning and go over your options to get your air conditioning problem fixed.

Your A/C is not providing sufficient air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause major cooling issues. Another thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an A/C system that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are designed. Strogen's Service Experts is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to verify if the size of your air conditioner is causing your troubles.

A/C system shuts on and off over and over

If your air conditioner 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 obstructed 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 normal running AC. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes your home to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work harder to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever usual or unusual A/C problem you run into, Strogen's Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available all the time so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your family comfortable as soon as possible.

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