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Why Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Cooling Your Home

With summer temperatures soaring, you might think that you are expecting too much from your AC unit. But if your home is not getting as cool as you expected it to be, there might be an issue that needs some attention. Don’t suffer and sweat silently. Check out these issues or call the pros at (806) 787-6501 for an air conditioner inspection from an Action Air & Plumbing professional.

A Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter is one of the most common reasons that a home feels uncomfortably warm. But the good news is that this is a pretty easy problem to solve. A dirty air filter will reduce the airflow and leave all of the cool air trapped in your ducts. However, all you need to do is replace that dirty air filter to restore the full flow of cool air in your home, and increase the efficiency of your AC unit.

The key to remember with an air conditioner filter is that its job is to trap dirt. This process reduces the particles in the air that you are breathing. And it keeps the dirt and dust out of the inner workings of your AC equipment. So in a way, a dirty air filter is a good problem to have. Just replace the filter and enjoy the cool air in your home.

As a rule, most air filters should be replaced every three months, or more often if it becomes dirty or looks grey or yellow due to dust build-up.

A Dirty Condenser Unit

Your home’s air conditioner condenser unit is the part that sits outside your home and is a large square or rectangle. Your AC cools your home by pulling the hot air outside to the condenser unit. There it is pressurized and “condensed” back into a liquid. This process removes the heat from the air and releases it outside your home.

But because the condenser is located outdoors, it becomes dusty and dirty over time. And that dirt slows or even stops the condenser from doing its job of cooling the air from your home. As the dirt builds up on the condenser, you will notice that your AC is running longer or more frequently, but your home is not getting cooler. The solution is to clean your condenser so that it can return to its normal function.

Duct Issues

When the HVAC system was installed in your home, the ductwork was installed along with the furnace and air conditioner. This duct system is used to transport the hot or cooled air throughout your home. And at the time of installation, the ducts should have been airtight. But over time, the system can develop leaks or begin to wear out. When this happens, you will notice that the cool air is not being distributed throughout your home as it once was.

A temporary fix, if you can locate the air leak is duct tape. That is actually how that wondrous item is meant to be used. But it is always best to call in the pros from Action Air & Plumbing to thoroughly inspect your duct system for leaks or damage.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner uses refrigerant to cool the hot air that passes over the evaporator coil. And this is a closed system, meaning that the same refrigerant is recycled and used over and over for the process. However, if this piping develops a leak, the refrigerant will be lost. Then you notice that you are not getting any cool air from your AC unit.

If you think that you have a refrigerant leak in your air conditioner, call (806) 787-6501 to schedule an appointment with a professional from Action Air & Plumbing. This repair is not a DIY project. And it is not something that will ever get better without a professional service and the replacement of the refrigerant.

Knowing some of the causes for no cool air from your AC allows you to check on the simple issues that you can fix. And it also lets you know when it is time to call in the professionals at (806) 787-6501 to repair a serious problem.

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