Common Buffalo AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We previously told you about several of the most common air conditioning problems Buffalo faces, but now we’re back with some frequent air conditioning 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 really cooling, you could need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air being released from the system is actually cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to verify 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 giving off condensation, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are likely good to go and do not need extra refrigerant.

If you’re unsure or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Sunbeam Service Experts and we’ll pay you a visit and confirm your refrigerant levels and discover why your AC is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are several reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One could be that it just burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity generally causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining correctly or that the drain is hindered. If you can look for these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Sunbeam Service Experts a call and we can look into what is keeping your condenser fan from circulating and walk you through your options to get your A/C system problem fixed.

Your A/C is not providing sufficient air cooling.

First thing’s first: try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes our busy lives cause us to ignore the obvious. If that doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause major cooling troubles. Another problem that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are designed. Sunbeam Service Experts is happy to come out and complete an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your AC is causing your problems.

Air Conditioner shuts on and off repeatedly

If your AC is short cycling, or turning on or off consistently, it could mean one of many things. One option 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 regular running AC. Remember 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 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 usual or unusual air conditioning trouble you run into, Sunbeam Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available all the time so we can get your A/C cooling and get your home comfortable lickety-split.

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