As temperatures across Arizona continue to climb higher and higher, maintaining a cool, air-conditioned home has become non-negotiable. But what happens when your air conditioner isn’t effectively cooling down your house? Before you start sweating bullets, here are seven things you should check on to troubleshoot the issue.
The first thing you are going to want to check is your thermostat. Make sure you correctly set your thermostat to “cool” and that your settings reflect your desired temperature. If your thermostat is battery-operated, replace the batteries to ensure it’s functioning correctly.
Dirty Air Filter
A dirty air filter will eventually begin to restrict airflow and cause your AC system to work harder than it needs to. If your AC is suddenly not cooling your house appropriately, you will want to check your air filter. If it’s dirty, replace it. A clean filter can help your AC unit run more efficiently and cool your home more effectively.
Clogged Coils & Condenser Units
Your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser unit is responsible for releasing heat outside of your home with the help of specially-made coils. If your coils or condenser unit become dirty or obstructed by leaves and other debris, however, they cannot effectively disperse heat and keep your house cool. Ensuring your condenser unit stays free from debris, such as leaves, grass clippings, and dirt will keep it clean and your house cool.
Refrigerant is the substance that cools the air in your AC unit. If your system is leaking or low on refrigerant, it won’t be able to cool your home effectively. A refrigerant leak is a serious issue that only professional repair technicians should correct.
Your air ducts are responsible for distributing cool air throughout your home. When your ductwork has obstructions or damage causing leaks, cool air can’t reach certain areas of your home. Check for obstructions or damage to your ductwork and have it repaired right away if necessary to help keep your house cool all summer long.
Blocked vents can prevent cool air from circulating throughout your home. Make sure all vents are open and clear, and that furniture or other objects aren’t blocking the airflow.
Undersized/Aging AC Unit
If your AC unit is old and outdated or simply too small for your property, it will not be able to cool your home as effectively as a newer or appropriately sized model. Upgrading to a larger, more energy-efficient system means that you can save money on your energy bills and keep your home cool and comfortable.
When your air conditioner is not effectively cooling down your house, it’s important to take action to troubleshoot the issue. Don’t suffer through an unbearably hot and uncomfortable summer – let our pros at Tru Comfort Heating and Cooling ensure your AC system is functioning properly, so we can help keep your house cool and comfortable all year!
For more information on AC repair when your AC is not cooling your home or investing in your property’s HVAC health, we encourage you to connect with our talented heating and cooling technicians at Tru Comfort Heating and Cooling by calling (602) 499-7855, or simply fill out the form in the sidebar.