Common Gaithersburg AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published a few of the most common air conditioning problems Gaithersburg faces, but today we are here to tell you about 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 actually cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air being released from the system is really cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a symptom 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 larger of the two is “sweating” or producing condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and don’t require extra refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Parker Pearce Service Experts and we’ll stop by and check your refrigerant levels and discover why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Remember, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioning systems, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are several reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One could be that it simply burned out and you need a replacement. Humidity typically causes 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 look for these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Parker Pearce Service Experts a call and we can inspect what has stopped your condenser fan from turning and go over your options to get your A/C system problem fixed.

Your A/C is not providing adequate air cooling.

The first step is to try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes it’s easy to overlook the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your home cooling and comfortable again, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause significant cooling issues. Another thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Parker Pearce Service Experts is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to verify if the size of your AC is causing your troubles.

AC shuts on and off constantly

If your AC is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of several things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all clogs moved aside, you may be back to a typical running AC. Keep in mind that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes the home to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever common or uncommon air conditioning problem you run into, Parker Pearce Service Experts is here for you 24/7/365. We are available to you so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable lickety-split.

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