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 now we’re going to talk to you about some frequent air conditioning troubles that you can help troubleshoot.

Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air.

If your air conditioner is running but not actually cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is needed to make sure the air blowing from the AC is actually cool and keeps your home 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 find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the larger of the two 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 more 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 McKinley Heating Service Experts and we’ll come out 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 dangers 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 need a replacement. Humidity tends to cause 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 find the problem; but, if not, give McKinley Heating Service Experts a call and we can inspect what has stopped your condenser fan from turning and review your options to get your AC problem fixed.

Your A/C is not providing adequate 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 swap out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause significant cooling issues. 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 AC is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of several things. One option is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all clogs moved away, you may be back to a typical running system. Keep in mind that humidity also plays a role so if your house 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 all day, everyday. We are available anytime so we can get your AC system cooling and get your comfortable as soon as possible.

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