Common Edmonton AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published some of the most common air conditioning problems Edmonton faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some common AC issues that you can help troubleshoot.

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

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

A simple way to verify if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the large one is “sweating” or covered in condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are most likely good to go and don’t require more refrigerant.

If you’re not positive or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold when you place your hand on it, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts and we’ll pay you a visit and check your refrigerant levels and discover why your system is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the hazards of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t spinning.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One might be that it just burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity typically causes more condensation so another issue to watch for is that the water is not draining correctly or that the drain is blocked. If you can look for these things, you may be able to locate the issue; but, if not, give Rob's Albertan Service Experts a call and we can find out what is preventing 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 adequate air cooling.

First thing’s first: try decreasing the temperature on your thermostat. It seems absurd but sometimes we tend to ignore the obvious. If that doesn’t get your system working right, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is obstructed, it could cause significant cooling troubles. Another problem that could be causing your lack of cooling is an A/C system that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are designed. Rob's Albertan Service Experts is happy to come out and do an analysis to confirm whether or not the size of your A/C system is causing your problems.

A/C system shuts on and off constantly

If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off constantly, it could mean one of a few things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the system is cleaned and all blockages moved away, you may be back to a regular running AC. Keep in mind that humidity also plays a role so if the home cools to the desired temperatures, but then the humidity causes the home to heat up quickly, it could result in an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your issue, whatever typical or atypical A/C trouble you run into, Rob's Albertan Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available anytime so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your comfortable as soon as possible.

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