Question about Air Conditioners
90 percent of the time the freon charge is low and lack of freon lessens the amount of compressed heat that can be created and also the amount of heat that can be extracted. hence less cooling and less heating. however the exact same thing can occur when a change over valve gets stuck partially between heat and cool . it then mixes the hot and cold together and you get poor cooling and poor heating. you check it with a gage. fed law requires that you have an epa certification to apply a gage. low pressures in heat and cool on both high and low pressure gages are a sign of low charge. if low pressure and high pressure are close to the same on both gages then a good chance valve is stuck half way between. you can also sometimes check by feel . at the change over valve two lines should be virtually to hot to touch and two should be cold to the touch. one is heating flow and other is cooling flow. if the valve is stuck then temps will be within a few degrees of the same on all. low charge and the hot lines won't be hot hardly .and the cold line s barely cool. look for white frost forming in the heat mode outside at the condensor tubing shortly after you turn on the heat. thats a sign of low charge. good luck.
Posted on Nov 04, 2008
Is your unit a "WINDOW" unit or a "CENTRAL, SPLIT SYSTEM" UNIT? If your unit is a "WINDOW" or "PORTABLE" unit, then it could simply be the COILS need to be cleaned. If it is a "CENTRAL, SPLIT SYSTEM UNIT" then it could be your FILTER needs to be REPLACED ... or it could be that your INDOOR and/or OUTDOOR COILS need to be CLEANED ... or it could be that your FREON CHARGE is either LOW or OVERCHARGED ... or it could be a problem with your RETURN AIR duct (sucking in exterior air somewhere) ... these are the MOST COMMON problems causing a unit not to cool properly. Good Luck!!!
Posted on Sep 20, 2012
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