Common Buffalo AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed 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 actually 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 you comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

An easy 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 larger of the two is “sweating” or producing condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it is, you are likely good to go and don’t require 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 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 conditioning systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. 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 properly or that the drain is hindered. If you can verify these things, you may be able to discover the problem; but, if not, give Sunbeam Service Experts a call and we can look into what is keeping your condenser fan from rotating and review your options to get your AC problem fixed.

Your air conditioner is not providing sufficient air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes it’s easy to ignore the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause significant 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 a very common issue when homes are designed. Sunbeam Service Experts is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your air conditioner is causing your problems.

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

No matter your issue, whatever usual or unusual air conditioning issue 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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