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 troubles 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 may need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air blowing from the AC is actually cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is usually 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 find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or giving off condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it is, you are likely good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and we’ll come out 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 air conditioning 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 typically causes more condensation so another issue could be 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 issue; but, if not, give Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call and we can inspect what is keeping your condenser fan from circulating and review your options to get your AC problem resolved.

Your AC system is not providing ample air cooling.

The first step is to try lowering 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 swap out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, 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 determine if the size of your AC is causing your troubles.

A/C system shuts on and off over and over

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of a few 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 obstructions moved aside, you may be back to a normal running system. Remember 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, it could result in an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work harder to keep you cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual AC 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 AC system cooling and get your comfortable as soon as possible.

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