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 typical air conditioning troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air.

If your AC is running but not truly cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels examined. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air coming out of your A/C is actually cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is frequently a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to check if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. If the large one is “sweating” or covered in condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it is, you are probably good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not convinced or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll stop by and confirm your refrigerant levels and discover why your AC 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 several reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One could be that it simply burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity typically causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining right or that the drain is obstructed. If you can look for these things, you may be able to find the issue; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can determine what has stopped your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your AC problem resolved.

Your air conditioner is not providing ample air cooling.

First thing’s first: try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy to forget the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your system working right, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling issues. Another thing that could cause your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are built. 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.

AC 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 thing is that your condenser or evaporator is obstructed or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the system is cleaned and all clogs moved elsewhere, you may be back to a normal running air conditioner. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the house cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes your home to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever typical or atypical AC problem you run into, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your family comfortable lickety-split.

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