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Why Is My AC Not Cooling the House?

by VitalStorm Content on September 7, 2018

why is my ac not cooling the house

Have you ever come inside your house after a long day in the sun expecting a refreshing blast of cool air, only to find yourself sweating bullets indoors? If your AC is turned on but you aren’t feeling the cool, comfortable breeze, there are more than one potential solution to the problem.

If you have found yourself asking “Why is My AC Not Cooling the House?” the professionals at Blue Flame have put together some troubleshooting tips and in addition to a list of common problems.

AC Troubleshooting

If your air conditioner is not cooling your house properly, that doesn’t automatically mean it needs any major repairs. Here are a few ways to troubleshoot the problem before you have to call for professional help.

  • Check your thermostat.

Sometimes your thermostat settings might be affecting the way your AC is working to cool your home. If your thermostat is set to “ON” instead of “AUTO,” if might just be running the fan without cooling down the air that passes through.

  • Change your filter.

If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, it can start to effect the temperature in your home and the overall efficiency of your AC unit. Make a note on your calendar to change your air filter at lease once every 90 days, or as often as once every 30 days if your home is prone to dust and pet hair.

  • Clear debris away from your unit.

Sometimes problems with your AC system can originate outdoors. Leaves, acorns, seeds, rocks, twigs, grass, or any other debris can build up on the surface of your AC unit. This can clog the condenser and prevent it from dissipating all of the hot hair from your home. Keep your outdoor unit clean and clear from dirt and debris.

Common AC Problems

If you have tried all of these troubleshooting techniques and your AC still isn’t cooling your home, it is time to call a professional for help. Here are some of the most common issues our team faces for AC repair.

  • Improper Installation

Did you have your AC unit installed recently? If your AC was installed incorrectly, it will never work properly. It is also common to have an AC unit that is too big or too small for the size of your home. If this happens, call a new team of HVAC professionals to correct the installation issues.

  • Low Refrigerant

If the refrigerant levels in your unit are running low, that is an easy fix. An HVAC technician can accurately measure the amount of refrigerant in your AC unit, safely remove used refrigerant, and refill with new refrigerant.

  • Compressor Problems

If your unit was installed a long time ago and your refrigerant levels are normal, there is most likely an internal problem within your compressor. An HVAC technician may be able to tweak your compressor back to normal with a simple tune-up. If your unit is more than 15 years old, your compressor may be dying of old age and a full replacement might be necessary.

Still wondering “Why is my AC not cooling the house?”

If you haven’t found a solution yet, call for professional help. Our team at Blue Flame is skilled in AC repairs and ready to restore your home comfort.

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.