AC Is Not Cooling – Why Your AC Isn’t Keeping You Cool
August and September are usually the hottest months of the year in Southern California and much of the western region. During the end of the summer, you may find yourself running your air condition system more frequently trying to escape the warm temperatures. But what happens when your AC isn’t keeping your cool anymore? If your AC is not cooling you off like it used to, there are a couple of reasons why this could be. It is time for a Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air Air Conditioner Precision Tune Up.
#1 Dirty Condensing Unit
The condensing unit is an important part of your AC system. It is how your air conditioning cools you off. Your condensing unit is usually located outside, and because of this, a lot of dirt and debris can buildup inside of your condensing unit over time. This can obstruct the flow of air to the condensing coils, which is where the cooling process takes place. A dirty condensing unit can greatly affect the effectiveness and efficiency of your air conditioning system. In some cases, your air conditioning may cease to cool at all. In which case, you should call a professional. It may be that your condensing unit needs to be cleaned.
#2 Dirty Air Filter
Filters play an important role in maintaining the air quality inside of your home. There are several filters in your HVAC unit. There is an air filter inside that filters the air from your central fan, and there is also a filter on your outside unit. The outside filter filters the air before it enters your AC. This filter is important because it not only helps keep the air your breath clean, but also helps keep dirt and debris from collecting inside of your condensing unit. As dirt and debris gets trapped inside of the air filter, it can start to prevent the flow of air from entering your air conditioning altogether. A dirty air filter is one of the most common reasons why your AC is not cooling. It is also one of the easiest things to fix.
#3 Leaky Ducts
Your air conditioning system is made up of a series of ducts that deliver cool air throughout the home. Once the cool air leaves the condensing unit, it is delivered to each room of your home via ducts. These ducts must be airtight, otherwise the cool air will escape. Leaky ducts prevents cool air from reaching the desired destination, this means your AC is not cooling the way it is supposed to and it has to work harder to compensate for the leaky air. All in all, if cool air is leaking from your ducts, your AC is not cooling your home, and you AC is not efficient. Wear and tear naturally happens over time. Be sure to be on the lookout for areas of weakness.
#4 Leaking Refrigerant
Refrigerant is located inside of the condensing unit. It is what cools the hot air. Refrigerant remains inside of your condensing unit unless there is a leak. Leaks can happen over time, from wear and tear. If your AC is leaking refrigerant, then it will have a hard time keeping you cool. Refrigerant should only be handled by a professional who has been trained on proper procedures for handling it. If you air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, call the pros right away.
The best way to prevent your air conditioner from breaking down, is to have your AC system precision tune up serviced at regular intervals. Annual air conditioning maintenance can help detect leaks and other inefficiencies. We still have a few weeks left of summer, now is as good a time as any to schedule your AC maintenance. If your AC is not cooling, contact Rooter Hero today to make an appointment.