Why isn’t my air conditioner cooling?
Picture this! That dreaded day has arrived, and of course, you guessed it, it is the HOTTEST day of the year and now you are tasked with trying to play Sherlock Holmes and find out why your air conditioner isn’t cooling, sweat dripping down your back, a screaming kid in tow and a miserable wife. Rewind. Maybe this is the wrong movie. Maybe it is just you, all by yourself, trying to find a trusted ac repair company that can answer your question, Why isn’t my air conditioner cooling?
At Air Care Systems, Inc., our N.A.T.E. Certified technicians are trained to evaluate your problems, provide solutions and educate every client regarding their home comfort system.
While lack of cooling can have many causes, let’s discuss refrigerant leaks.
Did you know??
A 10% undercharge in refrigerant can cause a 20% increase in operating costs. There is NO need to change or replace the refrigerant in your ac system. Addition of refrigerant on a regular basis indicates a refrigerant leak and needs to be addressed immediately.
Why a refrigerant leak may lead to the untimely death of you’re a/c system.
Your air conditioner’s compressor is designed to handle a specific amount of refrigerant charge and OIL to provide cooling while lubricating the compressor. If that charge drops, the compressor will NOT be able to cool down fast enough, will lack vital lubrication and may overheat causing catastrophic failure. Replacing a broken compressor is one of the MOST expensive of all repairs an AC may need, and often, it can require replacing the whole system.
There are NO positives to losing refrigerant. Your system has been run in a low charge capacity, and damage has occurred to the system. You might not see the repercussions; today… but it will ultimately lead to the untimely death of the system.
Your first step to identifying a refrigerant leak should ALWAYS be a leak isolation test. Simple electronic leak detection cannot adequately evaluate the integrity of all coils and copper line sets that could be the source of your leak. Accurately identifying and replacing leaky coils and line sets as soon as possible may help to reduce impending costly repairs and unwanted breakdowns. However, every homeowner is tasked with making a repair vs. replace decision when it comes to refrigerant leaks, and what is financially agreeable and possible for one homeowner might not be the right choice for another. You should always weigh the age and condition of the system, amount for this repair and monies spent on previous repairs for breakdown of the system. Choosing your risk and feeling comfortable with the outcome can be a very hard pill to swallow. We suggest you keep one point in mind. Think back. Remember the precious OIL your system so desperately needed to flow along with your refrigerant… if your refrigerant charge (pressures) were low, then so was your OIL. IF you drive your car without sufficient oil, you lose your engine; run your a/c without sufficient oil and you loose your a/c’s engine!
While we cannot foresee the future, and cannot predict the longevity of your system, we can help provide ALL your options to aid you in making an educated decision that is right for you!