Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Producing Sufficient Cooling?
If your home’s air conditioner has already started to run for the season, but it seems like it isn’t doing the job it should, be thankful that you’ve discovered the problem now, as opposed to running into trouble during mid-summer. You will have time to call on AC repair specialists to have the problem fixed and see that the cooling system will make it through to fall without further serious malfunctions.
For fast and effective repairs from experts, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We have served Yucaipa, CA and the Inland Empire since 1980.
Reasons your air conditioner is losing cooling power
There are many different causes for an AC that is failing to keep a home sufficiently cool. HVAC technicians will be able to work out what the specific problem is and take care of it. Below are a number of the more common reasons for an AC to suffer a decline in cooling ability.
- Thermostat malfunction: The trouble may not lie in the AC cabinet itself, but in a thermostat that isn’t effectively reading temperatures and making the air conditioner act accordingly. Technicians can recalibrate the thermostat or fix broken connections.
- Clogged air filter: This is something you should always check yourself, and you need to see that you have the filter either changed or cleaned (depending on the filter type) once a month during the summer season.
- Leaking refrigerant: If you hear a hissing sound from the AC, or notice liquid pooling around the indoor unit, the system may have refrigerant escaping from its copper lines. This will impair the system and may even lead to compressor failure. Technicians must locate the leaks, seal them, and add back whatever refrigerant was lost.
- Damaged ventilation system: If the ductwork has air leaks, your air conditioner will lose a great deal of its cooled air; sometimes 30% of it. Ductwork specialists will need to seal the air leaks to create an airtight ventilation system once more.
Unless you have professional HVAC repair training and tools, don’t try to diagnose or fix a failing system yourself. Give the professionals a call, and you should have your cool home restored in no time.