Common Clearwater AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We previously told you about several of the most common air conditioning problems Clearwater faces, but now we’re back with some typical AC troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

The A/C is on but not blowing cool air.

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

A simple way to confirm if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. 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 won’t need more refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Midway Services and we’ll stop by and confirm your refrigerant levels and learn why your AC is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are multiple reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be that it just burned out and you require 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 locate the problem; but, if not, give Midway Services a call and we can determine what is keeping your condenser fan from turning and go over your options to get your air conditioning problem corrected.

Your AC system is not providing ample air cooling.

The first step is to try lowering your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes our busy lives cause us to miss the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your system working right, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause major cooling issues. Another problem that could cause your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are built. Midway Services is happy to come out and do an analysis to determine if the size of your air conditioner is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off over and over

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off consistently, it could mean one of many things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all obstructions moved elsewhere, 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 desired temperatures, but then the humidity causes the home to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever typical or atypical AC problem you run into, Midway Services is here for you around the clock. We are available anytime so we can get your AC system cooling and get your comfortable quickly.

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