You have just spent an entire day out in the hot summer sun. You arrive home expecting the cool air from your air conditioning system to hit your face as soon as you walk through the door, but to your dismay, it feels just as hot inside as it does in the summer heat!
Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Even if this has never happened to you, it is not difficult to imagine the discomfort of stepping into a house that feels the same as, if not even hotter than it does in the hot sun.
At this point, you probably want to do everything you can to get your HVAC system up and running again as soon as possible—but where do you start? Pro HVAC Service aims to provide you with the solution to your HVAC needs!
Common Solutions to a Faulty A/C Unit
If your air conditioning system is not producing enough cool air, seems to be working harder than usual, or is not functioning at all, there are a few possible causes that you can look for—and may even be able to fix yourself—before hiring a technician:
- Thermostat Settings – Although this may seem obvious, make sure that the “cooling” option on your thermostat is set to either “auto” or “on”. Keep in mind that the “on” setting will keep the A/C running continuously, while the “auto” setting will only produce the amount of cool air necessary to remain at the set temperature.
To find out if your thermostat is the source of concern, lower the temperature by five degrees. You should hear the outdoor compressor turn on, and be able to see the fan spinning inside the top of the unit. Otherwise, you may need a professional technician to come out and test the calibration of your thermostat.
- Restricted Airflow – The cool air produced by your air conditioning system is distributed throughout your home via the ventilation ducts. Check that all of your vents are in the open position and that the ducts are clear of any obstructions. Any type of blockage would minimize the amount of cool air being disbursed.
Also, see to it that all of your windows and doors are closed so that none of the cool air being generated is able to escape, which will cause your system to work harder than necessary to maintain the set temperature.
- Circuit Box – The circuit box controls the power to your HVAC system. Check for any blown fuses, or breakers that may have been tripped. If the same breaker is being tripped repeatedly, it is possible that the system is protecting itself from overheating because of a bigger issue. Contact a professional technician to evaluate your HVAC system.
- Air Filtration – In order to improve air quality within your home, the conditioned air is passed through a filtration system that traps any dust, hair, pollen, and dirt. As a result, it is necessary to change your air filters at least once every couple of months. A dirty filter will prevent proper air circulation.
These are just a few possible causes that can be easily evaluated (and in some cases, solved) without the help of a technician. Here are some other solutions that should only be handled by a professional:
Cooling Problems to Leave to the Pros
When you experience a system breakdown, there are some repairs that should be completed by a technician:
- Proper Cleaning – Neglecting to keep up with the regular maintenance of your HVAC system can cause some of the components to become excessively dirty, rusted, or worn down, which may prevent the entire system from functioning properly. It is important to service your system on an annual basis in order to avoid this.
An annual tune-up includes an evaluation of the efficiency of your system, as well as the proper cleaning of the entire system—fan, fan blades, coils, compressor, drain, drain lines, motor, and so on—to prevent future failures. Proper maintenance also includes cleaning or replacing your air filter once every one to two months.
- Refrigerant Recharge – If your system is not producing a sufficient amount of cool air, it could be a sign of low coolant. This may be an easy fix, but unfortunately still requires a service request for a technician to come out and recharge the refrigerant back to its normal operating level.
A professional will be able to tell whether the refrigerant has a leak that needs to be repaired, or it simply needs to be recharged.
- Idle Condenser – It is possible for the fans to be running within your system, but your A/C is not actually producing any cold air. This is likely a sign that your condenser is not running, which is the most common cause of cooling problems.
If your condenser is not operating, check to see whether it needs to be cleaned or cleared of any obstructions, which should be an aspect of the routine maintenance of your system. If this is not the issue, then there may be a problem with the motor or compressor. This should be evaluated by a service technician.
Having cool air flowing throughout your house is a much needed utility in the midst of a hot summer. If your air conditioning system is not performing to your level of comfort, Pro HVAC Service can get you connected with a professional that can quickly diagnose and repair the problem.
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