Have you noticed that your home isn't as cool as it used to be? It "feels" warmer inside even though the temperature is set the same as it was last week. While temperature readings taken by a thermometer in different locations may vary by a degree or two depending on where you place it, temperature readings should remain pretty consistent when looking at similar places over time. A sudden shift in temperature in the same place, like your home's living room, can indicate an air conditioning problem. The following minor air conditioning problems should be fixed to improve efficiency and prevent breakdowns that cause these temperature differences:
The thermostat is what makes your AC work. If your thermostat isn't functioning properly, it's causing your air conditioner to either run longer than necessary or not run at all. Either way, it will cause your energy bills to skyrocket out of control.
The most common problems with thermostats are that they can cause your home to get too hot or too cold. This could be because the thermostat isn't installed correctly or because it's just old and no longer working properly. Regardless of the reason, if you notice that you have to set the temperature lower than usual to cool off your house, or if it takes forever for your home to cool down after you turn on the air conditioning unit, you'll want to contact an HVAC technician.
You may also have problems with your thermostat if there are any lights flashing on it (if it has lights). The flashing lights typically mean that something is wrong with the thermostat or that there is a problem with your HVAC unit. These problems can often be fixed by resetting the thermostat (if applicable), which should clear up any issues you're having.
Damaged Air Filter or Ducts
The air filter and ductwork could be the cause of issues that affect your AC's performance and the airflow of the air coming into your home. Here are some common issues with damaged air filters and ducts:
- Damaged air filter—When you buy an air conditioner, you'll need to buy an accompanying air filter for it as well. Replace the filter regularly to keep your system running efficiently throughout the year. Sometimes, the issue might be due to the air handler or housing where the filter is located in the duct system
- Air ducts blocked by debris—Ducts are critical for distributing cool air throughout your home—if they get blocked, then your system won't be able to distribute cool air efficiently throughout your home. This can lead to inefficient operation and higher energy bills for you.
Sometimes, you might be able to deal with these issues yourself, but if there is a lot of damage to ducts and the air handler, you might want to call an AC technician.
Air conditioner coils get dirty—it's inevitable. When they're clogged with dirt, dust, and other materials, air can't cool properly. If your air conditioner doesn't seem to be working as well as it once did, take a look at the coils. You might be able to spot a problem yourself.
If you see a lot of debris on the coils, consider having a professional clean them out for you. The drain pan is at the base of the outdoor unit, where condensation from the cooling system collects before being drained away from your home. If you have standing water in the pan after the unit shuts off, there could be a leak in the cooling system somewhere else in your house.
Small air conditioning problems can contribute to larger problems down the road. Contact AC repair services to get the help you need with fixing issues before they become big problems.