Is Your AC Not Cooling?

July 15, 2019 10:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s a bad sign if your air conditioner runs all day, rarely shutting off, if ever. Here’s a question: Is your AC running, but not blowing out cool air? Well, you don’t have to suffer through the heat this summer! Below are some reasons why this might be happening, and what you can do to avoid costly air conditioning repair in St. George, UT.

Dirty air filter

When your air conditioner is running, the air coming from your vents should feel cool on your skin and smell fresh. If this is not the case, the system’s air filter might be dirty. A clogged filter has the ability to suffocate your air conditioner, because it restricts the airflow to the unit. The less airflow into the AC, the less cool air entering your home and the longer it’ll take for your AC to cool things down, if at happens at all.

What you should do is check the filter once a month and replace or clean it when it’s dirty. Some filters can last up to three months, so refer to your owner’s manual or the filter packaging for that information.

Blocked air vents

A dirty air filter is not the only thing that can suffocate your air conditioner. It will also struggle to cool the air if the air vents are blocked or closed. Don’t close vents in unused rooms—no matter what you’ve heard, doing this does not distribute that air to other parts of the home or building. Things like furniture, rugs, appliances, garbage and pets too close to air vents can actually block vents from pushing air into a room.

Whether closed or blocked, the increased pressure in your duct system causes the blower in the AC unit to run at a much lower speed, which means less air coming from the vents. The inevitable result of this is that it’ll take a lot longer to cool down the inside of your home.

Leaky ductwork

Your home’s air ducts are supposed to carry cool conditioned air into your home, which is why leaky ductwork is such a huge problem. If there are cracks or holes in your ductwork, then chances are the air moving through the ductwork will escape, never reaching its intended destination. So, even though your air conditioner seems to be working just fine, leaky ducts will likely send a portion or all of the cool air into the walls and attic instead of your living spaces.

Dirty AC unit

The condenser part of your air conditioner absorbs heat from your indoor air and sends it outside. If it is not working properly, its fan cannot blow air over the warm refrigerant line. A dirty outdoor air conditioning unit is another reason your AC may be having trouble cooling your home. A condenser that is filled with grass trimmings, leaves, dirt and other debris can’t get rid of the heat, and because of this, it cannot cool your home very well.

Don’t hesitate to contact Calaway Heating & Air Conditioning for air conditioning repair in St. George, UT. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!

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