Common San Antonio AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed some of the most common air conditioning problems San Antonio faces, but now we’re back with some frequent air conditioner problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air.

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

An easy way to check if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or giving off condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are likely good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and we’ll pay you a visit and confirm your refrigerant levels and discover why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should manage refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are several reasons your condenser fan might not be turning. One is that it just burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another problem to look out for is that the water is not draining correctly or that the drain is hindered. If you can confirm these things, you may be able to discover the problem; but, if not, give Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call and we can determine what is keeping your condenser fan from circulating and walk you through your options to get your A/C system problem resolved.

Your AC system is not providing ample air cooling.

The first step is to try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems ridiculous but sometimes it’s easy to overlook the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause serious cooling troubles. Another issue that could cause your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized accurately, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is happy to come out and do an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your air conditioner is causing your issues.

A/C system shuts on and off over and over

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of a few things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all obstructions moved aside, you may be back to a normal running system. Keep in mind that humidity also plays a role so if your house cools to the desired temperatures, but then the humidity causes the home to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work overtime to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual air conditioning problem you run into, Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air is here for you around the clock. We are available all the time so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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