Common Kitchener AC Problems and Solutions Published on June 13, 2016 We’ve discussed a few of the most common air conditioning problems Kitchener faces, but now we’re going to talk to you about some frequent air conditioning issues that you can help troubleshoot. Your air conditioner is on but not releasing cool air. If your air conditioning system is running but not really cooling, you may need to have your refrigerant levels inspected. Refrigerant is necessary to make sure the air blowing from the A/C is really cool and keeps your family comfortable. Low refrigerant is oftentimes a sign of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly. An easy way to confirm 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, touch the pipe to feel if it’s cold. If it’s cold to the touch, you are likely good to go and won’t need extra refrigerant. If you’re not certain or the pipe is not covered in condensation and is not cold to the touch, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating and we’ll come out and examine your refrigerant levels and discover why your AC is not blowing cool air. Note: only an EPA Certified technician should handle refrigerant for central A/C systems, due to the risks of handling this potentially dangerous chemical. You air condenser fan isn’t circulating. There are multiple reasons your condenser fan may not be circulating. One could be that it simply burned out and you require a replacement. Humidity tends to cause more condensation so another issue could be that the water is not draining right or that the drain is hindered. If you can verify these things, you may be able to find the problem; but, if not, give Hammond Plumbing & Heating a call and we can inspect what is keeping your condenser fan from turning and walk you through your options to get your air conditioning problem resolved. Your air conditioning system is not providing sufficient air cooling. The first step is to try dropping the temperature on your thermostat. It seems funny but sometimes it’s easy to forget the obvious. If lowering the thermostat doesn’t get your AC cooling, check and replace the air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause significant cooling troubles. Another thing that could cause your lack of cooling is an air conditioning system that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a frequent issue when homes are constructed. Hammond Plumbing & Heating 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 over and over If your A/C system is short cycling, or turning on or off repeatedly, it could mean one of a few things. One thing is that your condenser or evaporator is blocked or dirty and in need of cleaning. Once the equipment is cleaned and all obstructions 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 proper temperatures, but then the humidity causes the home to heat up quickly, this would contribute to an on-again, off-again AC because it’s having to work vigorously to keep you cool and comfortable. No matter your issue, whatever usual or unusual AC issue you run into, Hammond Plumbing & Heating is here for you around the clock. We are available all the time so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.