It can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience dealing with an air conditioning unit that stops working during the hottest days of summer, but it’s not an uncommon occurrence. In many cases, it can sound like the AC is functioning properly, but you’ll quickly notice that it isn’t producing any cold air. Your air conditioning system is made up of several key components both within your home and outside. Pinpointing which part is causing the problem is key to getting your system back up and running at 100%
Likely Reasons Your AC is Not Producing Cool Air
There are some common reasons that your AC may not be blowing cold air, and several you could check before calling a professional to help.
Incorrect Settings on Thermostat
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it happens more often than you’d think. Sometimes people have their system set to make their home hotter instead of setting it to cool. If you’re unsure if things are set correctly, try resetting the system and starting from scratch when it comes back on. If it starts blowing cold air, you’ve solved the problem! If not, it may be time to try a different troubleshooting method or call a professional for help.
Clean or Replace Dirty Air Filters
This is another relatively common problem that most people can do without professional assistance. Your AC system has a filter designed to catch dirt, dust, and other contaminants in the air, but without proper cleaning it can severely impact the efficiency of your AC unit. To check the filter, turn the system off and simply remove the filter to inspect it. If it is dirty, you have likely found the culprit.
Blocked Condenser Unit
If you have an outdoor condenser unit, it will typically pull heat out of your home, but a dirty or blocked coil can drastically reduce efficiency. You can attempt to clean the debris away by yourself, but make sure the system is off first. In general though, this is something that a professional can handle quickly and easily.
Refrigerant is a chemical necessary for the cooling process to work correctly. Refrigerant leaks are something that HVAC technicians see all the time, and it could be what is making your system fail to produce cool air. Ignoring the problem can lead to a permanent system failure so if you suspect a leak, don’t hesitate to reach out to Coastal Refrigeration.
Your AC is Too Small
It’s possible that your air conditioner is not suited for providing the amount of cool air necessary to cool the entire house. If it gets really hot, the AC may be working, but it won’t be providing the amount of cool air required for you to feel the effects. You may consider reaching out to a professional about finding an AC system that is the right size for your home.
Benefits of General Air Conditioning Maintenance
Most people reach out to the team at Coastal Refrigeration when they need to have an air conditioning system installed, replaced, or repaired. However, not many customers take advantage of our maintenance offers which can save you money and headaches. Maintenance can identify efficiency issues that make your AC not run as well as it could and sometimes technicians can identify future problems before they happen. Twice yearly checkups are recommended for the best possible performance in your air conditioning system.