As we move into the warm Summer months, you will find you are relying more and more on your AC unit to keep your home cool and comfortable. Remember, your HVAC system is an investment, and regular maintenance will keep your system working in top-notch condition. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning is your full-service home and business HVAC Contractor for Hampshire and Hamden County, Massachusetts. If your AC system struggles to keep up, the Ambient Heating & Air experts are here to help. There are several reasons your AC may not be blowing cold air. Some of the most common include the following:
1. Dirty Air Filters
Dirty Air Filters can affect AC performance by restricting airflow. Your air filter is designed to catch dust, dirt, and other allergens and should be changed regularly. A clogged air filter stops cool air from flowing evenly, leaving some areas of your home too cold and others warm and clammy. Blocked air filters can also trap cold air around your air conditioner coils which can cause ice to form. When the ice melts, it can damage the coils. Along with replacing your filters monthly, Ambient Heating & Air experts recommend upgrading to a superior quality air filter.
2. Thermostat & Cooling Switch Issues
Think of your thermostat as the brains of your HVAC unit. If your thermostat is an older model, it can cause system malfunctions. Your Ambient Heating & Air professional technician can correctly diagnose your malfunctioning thermostat and check to make sure that your cooling switch hasn’t accidentally been moved to the off position. Upgrading your current thermostat to a newer digital thermostat with the latest technology will keep an older air conditioning unit working just like new.
3. Dirty Condenser Coils
The outside portion of your AC unit contains condensing coils. These large coils remove the heat from your home via a fan. In conjunction with the fan, the refrigerant that passes through the coils attracts the hot air before transferring it to the condenser via copper tubing. The fan blows across the surface as the air passes through the coils, dissipating the heat. It is imperative that your condensing coil be clean. A dirty coil reduces your system’s ability to blow enough cooled air. Your coils and condensing fan motor should be serviced twice yearly for optimal results.
4. Low or Leaking Refrigerant
If your AC fails to blow cold air, your refrigerant could be the culprit. Most often, the cause is your refrigerant running low, but it could also be a leak. Low or leaking refrigerant stops your AC unit from cooling correctly, resulting in high humidity levels and making the air within your home feel thick and heavy. Contact your Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning expert for a professional diagnosis and repairs.
5. Blocked or Clogged Registers
Similar to a clogged air filter, a blocked or clogged register can also restrict airflow. Your return air register sucks air into the system, and the supply vent blows the cooled air into your home. A hole or tear in your ductwork will affect how your unit cools your home. It’s a good idea to check to ensure your vents are fully open, especially if you notice a temperature difference in one room only.
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