When the summer heat wears you out, all there is to do is to cool off. But what happens when your AC takes forever to cool? Here are some potential reasons why your AC is not cooling quickly.
The first thing to check is your air filter. If you can see that your air filter is filled with dust and dirt, it’s time to replace it. Dust and debris can clog up your air filter and restrict airflow, causing your AC to work harder to push out cool air. This will eventually begin to affect your system’s performance and longevity. Not cleaning your filter will lead to your AC slowly breaking down – and it can also have a negative impact on your health, as well. Dirty filters can cause poor air quality and bad allergies, along with causing a musty and warm home. Replacing your filter to keep it clean will help your AC cool your home and keep you healthy.
Blocked Air Condenser
Your air condenser may be dirty or blocked, which is a similar problem to a dirty air filter. You can find your air condenser in your outdoor unit. When it is working properly, the fan of the condenser takes the air from outdoors through the coil to pull the heat from your home. When it’s clogged, it takes a lot more time for your unit to cool your home, leaving you hot and uncomfortable for longer than necessary. To prevent this, frequently check your outdoor unit to clear off any branches, weeds or dirt that may have fallen on it. A damaged condenser can lead to a complete breakdown of your AC. In that case, it’s time to call an AC repair company.
The issue may also depend on your thermostat settings. If you feel like your home is warmer than usual, check to see that your AC is set to “COOL” and the fan set to “AUTO.” This could be where your problems end – but if your AC is still not cooling, the next thing to check is the temperature setting. Setting your thermostat too low can cause your system to run forever and still not hit its goal. Most AC units are designed to keep the inside about 20 degrees cooler than the outside. So if it’s 105 outside, but your AC is set to 65 – that could cause considerable strain on your system. If none of this does the trick, it may be time to call the pros for an AC repair or to have your unit inspected.
If your AC is not cooling and you can’t figure what’s wrong, contact Mendez Heating and AC today to speak to trusted professionals.