Oof! Summer heat can become a bit overwhelming! You are sitting there in your living room with beads of sweat rolling down your face trying to use a newspaper to fan yourself. The air conditioning should be working… Something’s definitely wrong. You walk over to your thermostat. 65°? There is no way this house is 65°! You check your vents only to notice that it is blowing hot air. HOT AIR! That is the opposite of what it should be doing!
You will be shocked at how common this story is. We get so many calls from people whose air conditioning is blowing hot air. The problem usually is due to one of the following problems:
1. Air Flow – The air is not properly flowing through the system.
2. AC Compressor – Your compressor is not getting cold enough to cool the air properly.
So, What Can I Do?
Well, if the problem is due to air flow, this is often a maintenance problem that you may be able to fix yourself. If you do not feel confident around your HVAC unit, it is better to call a technician then try to repair it yourself. Often homeowners try to fix their own unit and end up doing more damage. Follow these steps to help you find the root of the problem:
1. Check Your Filter
So often, homeowners forget to change their filters when they should. Regular air conditioning use can cause dirt and dust to build up on your filters. This will make your air conditioner inefficient, so that when the air finally reaches you it is warm. Changing your filter is not a difficult task and is something that most homeowners can do on their own.
2. Check Your Thermostat
This may seem a little obvious, but is your thermostat on the right settings? Make sure that your fan is on and that it is on the temperature that you want. If the thermostat does not seem to be working properly, you will want to call an HVAC technician to make the necessary repairs to keep your thermostat running the way that it should.
3. Check Your AC Compressor
If the problem is not because of either of these issues, it is likely because of your AC compressor. If you notice that your unit seems to be making strange noises or something doesn’t look right (Ice on your HVAC unit or an excess of water), you will likely need to call an HVAC technician do make the necessary repairs. Don’t try to fix it yourself. You want to make sure that you do not damage your unit.
Find a technician that you feel comfortable with, and has years of experience in HVAC repair. Your technicians should be able to answer all your questions, and you should feel confident in the answers that they give. HVAC units can be complicated and you need to make sure that your repairs are done correctly the first time. We want to make sure that you enjoy your summer and feel at ease in your own home.