Common Houston AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed several of the most common air conditioning problems Houston faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some typical air conditioning problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not blowing cool air.

If your AC is running but not truly cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is necessary to make sure the air being released from the system is really cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is often an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

A simple way to check if you are low on refrigerant is to go to your A/C system and locate the two copper pipes. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or covered in condensation, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are most likely good to go and won’t need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Church Services and we’ll pay you a visit and check your refrigerant levels and discover why your system is not blowing cool air. Note: 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 turning.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be that it simply burned out and you need 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 hindered. If you can check for these things, you may be able to find the problem; but, if not, give Church Services a call and we can find out what has stopped your condenser fan from circulating and go over your options to get your air conditioning problem fixed.

Your air conditioning system is not providing adequate air cooling.

The first step is to try lowering your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes we tend to ignore the obvious. If that doesn’t get your home cooling and comfortable again, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling issues. Another issue that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are constructed. Church Services is happy to come out and complete an analysis to verify if the size of your AC is causing your issues.

AC shuts on and off repeatedly

If your air conditioner is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of multiple things. One option is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the system is cleaned and all obstructions moved elsewhere, you may be back to a normal running system. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes your home to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work harder to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, whatever usual or unusual AC issue you run into, Church Services is here for you 24/7/365. We are available to you so we can get your AC system cooling and get your home comfortable lickety-split.

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