The hot weather is great to take advantage of, that is, if you have a cool home to hide away in after a day at the beach. There’s nothing worse than discovering your air conditioning system isn’t working up to par when you need it most. Save yourself a sleepless, overheated night by testing out your AC before you need it because otherwise, you’ll be asking yourself, ‘why is my AC not cooling’ while you get drenched in the summer heat.
If you’re running into problems with your AC not cooling effectively, there may be several causes to consider:
Your thermostat may be set incorrectly: Before you try to get to the possible reasons behind your AC not cooling, check your thermostat settings. If your unit is still set to ‘cool’, try switching it to heat or the constant fan setting, then put it back to cooling. Wait a few minutes after the system kicks in, and hope that cool air comes rushing back.
Check your return-air filter: This is especially important if you haven’t thought about your AC since last summer. It is possible that your return-air filters may be clogged and dirty, therefore not allowing the cold air to blow through. Simply remove your return-air filter, and if it is too dense with debris to see through to the other side – it’s time for a replacement.
Your outdoor unit needs cleaning: Your condenser is what draws all the air inside before your system cools it and works it through to your home. If this unit is too dirty and clogged to collect the air, that is likely where your problem lies. To give your outdoor condenser a refresh, simply gently remove any debris and hose it down with your garden hose. Be careful that your stream isn’t too strong as the condenser fins are delicate.
Potential refrigerant leak: This is the piece that is responsible for absorbing the heat from your home’s air. Without this working properly, you won’t be able to feel any cool air coming through into your space. Other signs that may indicate this is the problem are: having a frozen refrigerant line on your outdoor unit, feeling warm air blowing from your AC vents, or hearing a hissing sound coming near the AC unit. A refrigerant leak doesn’t have an easy fix, and you’ll need to call in your local HVAC professional to get the cool air back into your home.
If you feel your AC is not cooling your home effectively and you aren’t able to diagnose the problem, contact your local experts at CampbellCare. CampbellCare is dedicated to impeccable service and ensuring your home is properly serviced every time. Call today at (604) 946-1000.