Common Elkhart AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We previously told you about several of the most common air conditioning problems Elkhart faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some common air conditioner problems that you can help troubleshoot.

The air conditioning system is on but not putting out cool air.

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

One way to verify 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 covered in condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it is, you are most 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 BW/Cook Service Experts and we’ll stop by and examine your refrigerant levels and learn why your system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should work on refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t turning.

There are several reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One is that it simply burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity generally causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining correctly or that the drain is obstructed. If you can look for these things, you may be able to discover the trouble; but, if not, give BW/Cook Service Experts a call and we can find out what is keeping your condenser fan from rotating and walk you through your options to get your air conditioner problem corrected.

Your air conditioning system is not providing ample air cooling.

First thing’s first: try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious. If that doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause significant cooling problems. Another problem that could cause your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are constructed. BW/Cook Service Experts is happy to come out and conduct an analysis to determine if the size of your air conditioner is causing your problems.

AC shuts on and off repeatedly

If your AC is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of multiple things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is obstructed or dirty and should be cleaned. Once the system is cleaned and all obstructions moved out of the way, you may be back to a normal running AC. Remember that humidity also plays a role so if your house cools to the desired temperatures, but then the humidity causes the house to heat up quickly, this could cause an on-again, off-again system because it’s having to work harder to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual air conditioning issue you run into, BW/Cook Service Experts is here for you all day, everyday. We are available all the time so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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