AC Not Cooling: Uncovering 3 Surprising Reasons Your House Stays Warm

Many people invest in a powerful central air conditioning system in order to make their home comfortable during the warmer months of the year. However, some find that in spite of their investment, the AC is NOT cooling the house, keeping it stuffy and humid in some areas.

As summer heat starts to peak and the humidity rises, an efficient and well-functioning air conditioner at home is what everybody needs. However, if you start to notice that your AC is not cooling the house as expected, there could be problems in the system that might need immediate attention.

Anyone who pays for air conditioning wants to get the most out of their apparatus. Preserving the health of fundamental components like the condenser unit, compressor and the ductwork is important, and no one likes putting up with a hot and uncomfortable atmosphere in their place of residence. Improper care can lead to damaged AC units that struggle to fight off the heat.

Following a straightforward process of regular maintenance, coupled with some handy advice and tips, can radically improve the system’s functionality. After all, nothing cools down a heated day like the gust of an AC that’s been meticulously maintained, producing refreshing cold air akin to the chill on an ice cube.

When your air conditioning isn’t cooling your house effectively, it’s not only frustrating but also a sign that something might be amiss. The issue could be anything from a leak in the refrigerant to blocked vents, faulty wiring, or an electrical malfunction. The top three reasons why this might be happening could relate to problems with the cleanliness of your air filter, thermostat settings, or the condition of the actual AC unit.

Firstly, an often overlooked but essential factor is the cleanliness of your air filter. This often-overlooked component plays a crucial role in your AC’s performance. A dirty or clogged filter can obstruct airflow, causing more heat than cool in the process and reducing the system’s efficiency and ability to cool your home.

Secondly, incorrect thermostat settings are a common culprit behind inefficient AC performance. The problems can range from faulty wiring or a problematic electrical connection causing incorrect readings on the thermostat to damaged ducts causing inefficiency in the airflow.

Lastly, the cleanliness and condition of the actual AC unit, particularly if it’s an outdoor model, are vital. Factors like trees, shrubs, or debris blocking the condenser unit or ducts can affect the system’s performance. Regular cleaning and ensuring a clear space around your AC unit can lead to improved performance.

If you’ve addressed these areas and your AC is still not up to par, it might be time to consult a professional. Persistent issues might indicate a need for servicing, repairs, or possibly a replacement to avoid the ongoing costs and hassles of an inefficient system.

Let’s take a closer look:

1. Is the Air Filter Dirty? You May Need to Change It.

Sometimes it can be easy to overlook a simple solution, especially when it comes to a frustrating problem like inefficient performance from your air conditioner or heat pump. While it’s important to make sure the device is appropriately configured, with the circuit breaker well set and the system set to the AC setting, it’s also good to check the fan settings. Remember, if there’s a leak in the system or if the insulation is inadequate, the fan could contribute to circulating warm air into your home and making it difficult for the AC to cool the house. Many models have an “auto” setting you can utilize and some can even be programmed based on your preferred configurations.

2. Are Your Thermostat Settings Correct? Checking the Obvious.

If you have an outdoor air conditioning unit, you may clean the coil and condenser every so often. Not just for aesthetic reasons like improving the curb appeal of your home, but also to ensure the unit functions optimally. However, plants like trees and shrubberies that are too close to your AC unit may make it difficult for the unit to maintain proper temperature and circulate air. Ensuring your AC unit, its vents, and the area around it are clean may improve its performance, and a knowledgeable technician can guide you on this during an appointment.

3. Is Your AC Clean? It Can Have a Major Impact.

If your AC is not cooling the house even after checking all these possible problem areas, it may be time to call in the professionals. Your AC may require the service of a reputable HVAC technician. A certain component like the compressor or the condenser may need to be repaired or replaced. In some cases, an AC unit may need to be replaced in order to help you avoid the high cost of constant repairs and the frustration of dealing with faulty wiring or leaks. If you’re looking to find out more about how to keep your AC unit in great condition, how to take care of the crucial electrical components, the proper handling of condenser and how to improve its performance, contact The Cooling Company at (702) 567-0707.