Common Livermore AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air.

If your A/C system is running but not truly cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels examined. Refrigerant is important to make sure the air blowing from the A/C is really cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is usually a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

An easy way to check if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the larger of the two is “sweating” or covered in condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are probably good to go and do not need more refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll stop by and confirm your refrigerant levels and find out why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

There are many reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One could be that it simply burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining right or that the drain is blocked. If you can verify these things, you may be able to find the problem; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can inspect what has stopped your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your A/C system problem resolved.

Your A/C is not providing ample air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try lowering your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy to forget the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your home cooling and comfortable again, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause significant cooling problems. Another thing that could cause your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are constructed. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to verify if the size of your air conditioner is causing your troubles.

Air Conditioner shuts on and off repeatedly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of several things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is obstructed or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all blockages moved out of the way, you may be back to a normal running AC. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the house cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes your house to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work harder to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, whatever typical or atypical AC problem you run into, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you 24/7/365. We are available anytime so we can get your AC system cooling and get your family comfortable lickety-split.

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