Common Birmingham AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

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

The air conditioning system is on but not releasing cool air.

If your A/C system is running but not really cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is necessary to make sure the air coming out of your A/C is actually cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is often an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

An easy 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 giving off condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are probably good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Norrell Service Experts and we’ll pay you a visit and confirm your refrigerant levels and discover why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t circulating.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be 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 right or that the drain is blocked. If you can confirm these things, you may be able to discover the problem; but, if not, give Norrell Service Experts a call and we can determine what has stopped your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your A/C system problem fixed.

Your air conditioner is not providing adequate air cooling.

First thing’s first: try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems silly but sometimes it’s easy to overlook the obvious. If that doesn’t get your system working right, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause major cooling troubles. Another problem that could be causing your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are constructed. Norrell Service Experts is happy to come out and perform an analysis to verify if the size of your system is causing your problems.

A/C system shuts on and off repeatedly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of a few things. One option is that your condenser or evaporator is obstructed or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the system is cleaned and all blockages moved out of the way, you may be back to a regular running air conditioner. Note that humidity also plays a role so if the house cools to the desired temperatures, but then the humidity causes the house to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work harder to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever typical or atypical A/C issue you run into, Norrell Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available to you so we can get your A/C cooling and get your family comfortable as soon as possible.

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