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 common air conditioning problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not blowing cool air.

If your A/C system is running but not truly cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is necessary to make sure the air being released from the system is actually cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is often a sign 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 is, you are most likely good to go and won’t need more refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Church Services and we’ll pay you a visit and check your refrigerant levels and find out why your system is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t turning.

There are several reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. 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 locate the issue; but, if not, give Church Services a call and we can find out what is preventing your condenser fan from circulating and go over your options to get your air conditioning problem corrected.

Your air conditioning system is not providing sufficient air cooling.

The first step is to try lowering your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes we tend to miss the obvious. If lowering the thermostat 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 problems. Another issue that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are constructed. Church Services is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to verify if the size of your AC is causing your troubles.

Air Conditioner shuts on and off repeatedly

If your AC is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of several things. One option is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the system is cleaned and all obstructions moved out of the way, you may be back to a normal running system. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes your house to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever usual or unusual AC issue you run into, Church Services is here for you all day, everyday. We are available to you so we can get your AC system cooling and get your comfortable lickety-split.

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