Common Canada AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published some of the most common air conditioning problems Canada faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some typical AC problems that you can help troubleshoot.

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

If your air conditioner is running but not actually cooling, you could need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air coming out of your AC is truly 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 find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or giving off 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 don’t require additional refrigerant.

If you’re not convinced or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll stop by and confirm your refrigerant levels and learn why your system is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are multiple reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One could be that it just burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity typically causes more condensation so another problem to look out for is that the water is not draining properly or that the drain is hindered. If you can check for these things, you may be able to locate the trouble; but, if not, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can determine what is keeping your condenser fan from rotating and go over your options to get your AC problem corrected.

Your A/C is not providing ample air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes we tend to forget the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause serious cooling troubles. Another issue that could cause your lack of cooling is an A/C system that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to come out and do an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your AC is causing your problems.

A/C system shuts on and off constantly

If your air conditioner is short cycling, or turning on or off consistently, it could mean one of many things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all clogs moved elsewhere, you may be back to a regular running AC. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if the house cools to the proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes your home to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual AC trouble you run into, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here for you all day, everyday. We are available all the time so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your comfortable as soon as possible.

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