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 common air conditioning problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not putting out cool air.

If your air conditioning system is running but not really cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air being released from the AC is actually cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is often a symptom of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

A simple way to confirm if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. If the large one is “sweating” or giving off condensation, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and do not need extra refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll stop by and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your AC is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central air conditioning systems, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are many 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 obstructed. If you can look for these things, you may be able to discover the issue; but, if not, give Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 air conditioner is not providing adequate air cooling.

The first step is to try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes our busy lives cause us 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 major cooling issues. Another problem that could result in your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 over and over

If your AC is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of multiple things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the equipment is cleaned and all blockages moved aside, you may be back to a typical 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 home to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your problem, whatever common or uncommon air conditioning problem you run into, Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your AC system cooling and get your comfortable lickety-split.

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