Common Edmonton AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

We previously told you about several of the most common air conditioning problems Edmonton faces, but today we are here to tell you about some frequent AC problems that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air.

If your air conditioner is running but not really cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air blowing from the AC is really cool and keeps you comfortable. Low refrigerant is commonly a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged properly.

An easy way to see if you are low on refrigerant is to go out to your air conditioning system and find the two copper pipes. If the large one is “sweating” or covered in condensation, feel the pipe to see if it’s cold. If it feels cold, you are likely good to go and don’t require additional refrigerant.

If you’re not convinced or the pipe is not producing condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call McKinley Heating Service Experts and we’ll pay you a visit and check your refrigerant levels and discover why your system is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t rotating.

There are multiple reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One is that it just burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining properly or that the drain is obstructed. If you can look for these things, you may be able to find the issue; but, if not, give McKinley Heating Service Experts a call and we can determine what is preventing your condenser fan from turning and walk you through your options to get your A/C system problem fixed.

Your air conditioner is not providing sufficient air cooling.

The first step is to try lowering your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes our busy lives cause us to overlook the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your system working right, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause major cooling problems. Another thing that could result in your lack of cooling is an AC that is not sized correctly, and unfortunately this is an all-too-common issue when homes are constructed. McKinley Heating Service Experts is happy to come out and complete an analysis to determine if the size of your system is causing your problems.

Air Conditioner shuts on and off repeatedly

If your air conditioner is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of multiple things. One option is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all blockages moved away, you may be back to a typical running system. Keep in mind that humidity also plays a role so if your home cools to the correct temperatures, but then the humidity causes your home to heat up quickly, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again air conditioner because it’s having to work overtime to keep your family cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever usual or unusual A/C problem you run into, McKinley Heating Service Experts is here for you 24/7/365. We are available to you so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your comfortable as soon as possible.

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