Common Salt Lake City AC Problems and Solutions

June 13, 2016

Last year we published a few of the most common air conditioning problems Salt Lake City faces, but today we are here to tell you about some common air conditioning issues that you can help troubleshoot.

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

If your AC is running but not actually cooling, you might need to have your refrigerant levels checked. Refrigerant is required to make sure the air being released from the system is really cool and keeps your home comfortable. Low refrigerant is often an indicator of a leak or that the system wasn’t charged correctly.

One way to check if you are low on refrigerant is to find the two copper pipes on your AC system. If the bigger pipe is “sweating” or giving off condensation, put your hand on the pipe and feel if it’s cold. If it is, you are likely good to go and don’t require extra refrigerant.

If you’re not certain or the pipe is not giving off condensation and is not cold when you feel it, call Mountainwest Service Experts and we’ll stop by and confirm your refrigerant levels and find out why your A/C system is not blowing cool air. Keep in mind, only an EPA Certified technician should manage refrigerant for central air conditioners, due to the dangers of handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

You air condenser fan isn’t turning.

There are many reasons your condenser fan isn’t rotating. One could be that it simply burned out and you have to get a replacement. Humidity generally causes 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 verify these things, you may be able to locate the trouble; but, if not, give Mountainwest Service Experts a call and we can inspect what is preventing your condenser fan from rotating and walk you through your options to get your air conditioner problem fixed.

Your air conditioner is not providing sufficient air cooling.

It sounds crazy, but try lowering your thermostat. It seems silly but sometimes our busy lives cause us to miss the obvious. If dropping the temperature doesn’t get your home cooling and comfortable again, check and get a new air filter. If the air filter is blocked, it could cause major cooling problems. Another thing that could be causing your lack of cooling is an air conditioner that is not sized properly, and unfortunately this is a very common issue when homes are designed. Mountainwest Service Experts is happy to come out and perform an analysis to determine if the size of your AC is causing your issues.

Air Conditioner 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 multiple things. One possibility is that your condenser or evaporator is clogged or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Once the condenser and/or evaporator is cleaned and all obstructions moved away, you may be back to a normal running air conditioner. Note that humidity also plays a role so if your house cools to the proper 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 vigorously to keep your home cool and comfortable.

No matter your trouble, whatever typical or atypical air conditioning trouble you run into, Mountainwest Service Experts is here for you around the clock. We are available to you so we can get your air conditioner cooling and get your home comfortable quickly.

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