In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of the reasons why your air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air and provide some suggestions for keeping your system healthy and preserving your investment!
There are several reasons why your air conditioning system may not be blowing the cold air you are used to, ranging from simple filthy filters that must be replaced to more technical and electrical concerns. Let’s start by looking at some of these problems, in the hope that our valued homeowners will learn something about the importance of maintaining your air conditioner in excellent working order, as well as the value of an HVAC maintenance plan from the team of dedicated HVAC experts.
Faulty Capacitors That Can Cause Your AC System to Appear to Be Done For
In many situations, a homeowner calls an air conditioner repair company after determining their air conditioner has died and wants information on repairing it. That isn’t always the case.
Your air conditioning system’s compressor is essentially a heart. In order to start up, it requires a boost of energy, and in order to keep operating, it must be given an additional jolt. The capacitor near the compressor and linked electrically gives this extra power.
When the compressor is turned on and running, the capacitor stores energy, much like a rechargeable battery. The capacitor handles this request when it is time for the compressor to start up and operate. Heat and power surges are the two most harmful factors to your air conditioner’s capacitor. In the summer, there are two primary resources that contribute to heat buildup in your system. The heat of course comes from those long hot days, as well as deadly summer thunderstorms that create power surges.
When another capacitor is added to either of these claims, it triggers the start of another air conditioner repair.
A Dirty AC Air Filter Can Block Your Cold Air Flow!
Another problem that may develop during your air conditioner’s peak season of usage is dirty air filters. The filter in your system already reduces the airflow by its very presence. To top it off, if dust, grime, and other foreign particles clog up your good clean airflow, it will prevent you from cooling and heating your rooms, leading to more difficulties.
If your air conditioner’s blocked or filthy air filters, it will cool unequally, allowing some areas to be too chilly while others are appearing to not receive any cold air at all. Filters that are clogged can trap pockets of cold air in and around the AC coils, causing icing problems that may lead to water damage as the ice melts.
With all of the debate about the quality of the indoor air we breathe this year, wouldn’t it make sense to not only change your air filter monthly, but also to upgrade to a superior filtering system? Air filter replacements are part of any HVAC maintenance plan, but they can also be done on a monthly basis by you as a homeowner, ensuring that your investment is protected.
Thermostat and Cooling Switch Issues
Your air conditioner’s thermostat is the user interface between you and your system. If your thermostat is an older “analog” kind, it’s possible that it’s out of calibration or suffering from a simple fault, because it is just like any other device in your house and may fail at any time. When air conditioners begin to produce less chilly air, having a professional specialist come and properly diagnose any thermostat malfunctions can be one of the easiest solutions. It might be as easy as accidentally switching off the cooling switch.
The most frequently overlooked component of your home’s HVAC system is the thermostat. By upgrading to a high-quality model, you’ll be able to save money and avoid any future issues with your appliances shutting down unexpectedly or causing excessive noise or wear on your system! Another thing that may now be time for is an upgrade: The older models had mechanical dials and digital displays, which were prone to failure over time. With modern technology, more advanced digital thermostats can make your old air conditioner work like new!
Keep Those AC Condensing Coils Clean!
The large condensing coils on the outside of your air conditioner’s outdoor unit are its “Achilles heel.” The condenser coils are where heat is removed through a fan, forcing the heat off of the coils as refrigerant attracts it, transports it via copper tubing to the condenser, and then weaves its way through that coil before being discharged by means of a fan.
It is critical that the condensing coil be kept fully wetted, and that the tiny aluminum cooling fins surrounding it remain as straight as feasible. A dirty condenser coil and bent fins can reduce your system’s cooling capacity, resulting in it not blowing as much cold air! For optimum cooling capacity from your system on those days when it is needed the most, both the condition of the condenser coil
The following are some of the most typical circumstances when your air conditioner will tell you there is a problem by producing less cold air. This is where a residential HVAC maintenance service from the specialists at Legacy Air can truly pay for itself.
When you hire a professional service technician to implement a maintenance agreement, they will examine your equipment for any of these problems, as well as others. This may alert you to the need of replacing little, inexpensive parts before they catastrophically fail, resulting in both an expensive air conditioner repair cost and frustration.
During a yearly air conditioner maintenance check, our staff will go through each option with you to show you the benefits and drawbacks so that no work may be done until you agree! You are in total control of all HVAC dollars spent in your home thanks to an HVAC maintenance agreement.