As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
Few things are worse than being hot; especially when you're inside your home. If your A/C isn't cooling like it used to, this is a problem and hotter than normal temperatures are likely not to blame. Learn just some of the reasons why your unit isn't cooling like it should.
The primary function of the filter is to keep dust, dirt and other particles out of the air. Don't forget that the cooled air must also pass through the filter. If the filter is dirty, the amount of air that passes through will be limited. Even if the unit is working efficiently, if all the air can't pass through – your home won't be as cool. Check your manual to see if your filter must be replaced or cleaned and follow the directions.
When warmed air enters inside an A/C unit, it passes over the coils. As the air passes over, the coils absorb the heat and transfer the warm air back outside. When the coils are covered with dust and dirt, they can't efficiently remove all the heat, allowing some of it to pass through the system, through the vents and ultimately into your home. Cleaning the coils will generally resolve the problem and help minimize damage to the coils.
A refrigerant leak can also cause your unit to not keep your home cool. Think of refrigerant in the same way you would oil for an engine, if there isn't any refrigerant in the system, the A/C is not going to function correctly. As the cooling agent for the unit, you must have a certain level of refrigerant in the unit at all times. In addition to topping off the fluid, you also need to have the unit inspected to find the cause of the leak.
Air conditioner units do eventually quit working well. If you have had your unit for many years and it's not cooling like it did in the past, it could simply be that the unit needs to be replaced. Even with care and maintenance, a unit that has reached its expiration date will not perform efficiently. It's much better to update your unit as doing so will not only keep your home cooler, but it will probably also lower your energy bills.
If your unit isn't keeping you cool, it's time to contact a technician, like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. A technician will inspect your unit, accurately highlight the problem and get you cool again.