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AC Troubleshooting: Why Isn’t My System Cooling?

ac-troubleshooting-not-coolingWith temperatures slightly higher than average for this time of year, we’re all well aware that warmer weather is well on its way. Perhaps you’ve already turned on your air conditioner for the cooling season. If so, hopefully you haven’t experienced any problems.

But what if there’s no cool air coming from your system? This is obviously a concern considering our climate. Fortunately, you can reach out to our team for timely air conditioner repairs in Hutto, TX. But in the meantime, it may help you to know what could be causing this issue.

First, Check theThermostat

Do your current thermostat settings match your cooling needs? Keep in mind that someone may have adjusted the settings without you knowing, or perhaps your thermostat is malfunctioning. You may still need to call for repairs, but at least this way you’ll know it’s not actually a problem with your air conditioner itself.

How’s Your Air Filter Looking?

The air filter that comes standard with your air conditioner is there to protect the inside components of your system from dirt and debris. However, even though its purpose is not necessarily to improve your indoor air quality, a clogged air filter can certainly impede it.

A congested air filter will choke off airflow and restrict your air conditioner’s capabilities. You should change your air filter at least every 3 months. Lower quality air filters should be changed even more often—at least once a month. You may also want to change the filter more often if you have significant contaminants in your home, such as pet dander or cigarette smoke.

Check for Outdoor Unit Obstructions

Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit—the condenser unit—needs to have space around it in order to release heat through the condenser coil. If the unit is dirty, covered with dust or mulch, or has had shrubs or tree roots infiltrate it, then the system will have trouble expelling the heat that’s been removed from your home, making it seem as though your air conditioner is not cooling.

Are You Experiencing Uneven Cooling?

Perhaps you are getting some cooling, but only in certain spots in your home. This can be caused by a number of factors, but one of the most common causes is damaged ductwork. If your air ducts have bends, damages, or tears, then conditioned air may be escaping into unused areas such as your attic or crawlspace, instead of reaching the intended rooms of your house.

Check for Fluid Leaks

If you see any liquid coming from your air conditioner, you likely have a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is the fluid that allows heat transfer in order for your AC system to function. If it’s leaking, then your air conditioner cannot effectively operate.

It’s a myth that refrigerant needs to be refilled on a routine basis. If you discover a leak then a professional HVAC technician needs to find the root cause of the leak and resolve it so you don’t suffer from this problem in the future.

When you need dependable AC services in the Austin area and beyond, simply contact Roznovak’s Services!

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