Common Birmingham AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We’ve discussed some of the most common air conditioning problems Birmingham faces, but today we are here to tell you about some common AC 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 might need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is necessary to make sure the air blowing from the A/C is actually cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is often a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to see 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 most likely good to go and do not need additional refrigerant.

If you’re not convinced 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 find out why your air conditioner is not blowing cool air. Remember, 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 spinning.

There are several reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be that it merely burned out and you need 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 obstructed. 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 is preventing your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your A/C system problem corrected.

Your A/C is not providing adequate air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems silly but sometimes our busy lives cause us to overlook the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your system working right, check and swap out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling troubles. Another thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized correctly, 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 needs to be cleaned. Once the equipment is cleaned and all clogs moved elsewhere, you may be back to a regular running AC. 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, 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 problem, whatever typical or atypical A/C trouble 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 quickly.

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