Central Air Conditioning Isn’t Keeping My House Cool—What Could Be the Problem?

If your home’s inside air feels a bit on the warm side, perhaps your home has some cooling issues. There are many problems that could be causing this—anything from insulation troubles to air conditioning equipment difficulties. But don’t despair, many of these problems are simple repairs and these six tips will assist you in solving the problem rather than replacing your central air conditioning system.

The Ductwork May Be Leaking

Over a period of time, the floor and wall spaces can lose their coolness due to the ducts in your home developing leaks. Most of the time these leaks can’t be seen by the naked eye but a smoke pencil can be used to search for them. Mending the duct leaks will greatly enhance your home’s cooling ability and this HVAC service is generally inexpensive.

Thermostat Issues Should Be Explored

A regular cause for cooling issues can be a failing thermostat. An HVAC professional can easily repair a broken thermostat or replace it. If you have to have the thermostat replaced, it’ll be one of the most inexpensive replacements an HVAC technician will do.

Check for Insulation Troubles

At times bad insulation is the reason for your home being a bit warmer than it ought to be during the hot months—especially if you reside in a home that still has the same windows and doors as when it was built. To aid temperature control in your home, apply weather stripping to the points of closure on all the outside doors and windows. True, this really isn’t an air conditioning tip, but making sure your home has the proper insulation can go a long way toward ensuring that your air conditioning unit is able to cool your house effectively.

Replace the Filter Regularly

The air filter will slowly get obstructed with contaminants as it extracts debris and dust from flowing air. If the air filter is allowed to become too clogged with debris it could decrease the air going through the vents in your home. If the air isn’t able to flow through the vents properly, your house will become warm. You can replace the air filter all by yourself if you read your central air conditioner owner’s manual.

Rid Your Home of Window Unit Air Conditioning and Purchase Central Air

Granted, replacing your window air conditioners with a central air conditioning system is a considerable investment—but you won’t be sorry you switched. All new central air conditioners need to have a rating of nothing less than 13 for a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) while at the same time window air conditioners aren’t required a rating and many times their rating is 10 or under. Another great thing about central air is it can decrease your electricity bill.

If you’re afraid that the duct installation will damage your home, there’s always the option of setting up one or many mini split ductless units.

The Refrigerant in Your Air Conditioning System Needs to Be Examined

No matter what you set your thermostat on, if there isn’t ample refrigerant, then your central air won’t cool your house correctly. Normally, having decreased refrigerant is due to a leak and this problem won’t go away on its own, it’ll only get worse. Replenishing the refrigerant when it’s used up is cheaper than replacing the refrigerant reservoir. However, getting it refilled repeatedly will end up costing you more than it would to replace the reservoir.

These air conditioning tips will aid you in finding the source of your indoor cooling issues; yet they shouldn’t be substituted for advice from an HVAC technician. If you presume your home isn’t cooling properly or you’d like to discuss installing a new central air unit, please contact us.