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 typical air conditioner troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

The air conditioning system is on but not putting out cool air.

If your A/C system 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 AC is truly cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

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 large one 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 additional 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 check your refrigerant levels and find out why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should handle 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 many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One could be 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 has stopped your condenser fan from turning and go over your options to get your air conditioning problem corrected.

Your A/C is not providing sufficient air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling problems. Another thing that could result in your lack of cooling is an AC 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 complete an analysis to verify if the size of your AC is causing your issues.

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 thing is that your condenser or evaporator is obstructed or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all blockages moved aside, you may be back to a normal running AC. Keep in mind 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, this could cause an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, 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 quickly.

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