Summer is the time of year when you need your air conditioning the most and is also the time of year in which it is most likely to break down and have problems. If your HVAC systems stops serving you well in the summer months, get to know some of the steps that you can take to improve your comfort in your home and the performance of your air conditioning system.
Make Sure Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit Is Unobstructed
Sometimes, the problem with your air conditioner not working properly can boil down to the outdoor unit of your air conditioner being blocked, dirty, or otherwise obstructed. Debris in the outside fan can cause the entire system to stop working properly.
Even dirt and dust that gets into that fan can gum it up and cause a myriad of problems. Turn your air conditioning system off before you address these issue. Go outside and check the unit. If there is any debris on or near the air conditioner, remove it. Looking at the fan itself is also important. Spray it down with a hose and wipe the blades down with a cloth or paper towel. Once the area is clear, turn your air conditioning back on and see if that got it working again.
Check Your Air Conditioner For Condensation And Signs Of Freezing Up
If your outdoor air conditioning unit seems to be unobstructed, you will want to take a look at another factor. A common issue in the summer is that your air conditioning unit is working so hard to keep your house cool when it is extremely hot and humid outside that it begins to accumulate condensation. As the unit continues to run, the condensation may freeze and, therefore cause your air conditioner to stop working altogether or stop working effectively.
When your air conditioner freezes up, the first step to take is to turn the unit off. You need to let the metal components of your HVAC system warm up a bit to melt the condensation. Once the unit is not covered in ice, you can look into possible causes for the problem. The refrigerant (coolant) in your unit may be low which means your HVAC system cannot operate properly and maintain proper temperatures inside the unit as well as in your home. Airflow to your coils may be blocked or other mechanical issues may have occurred. If the reason is not easy to spot and fix, contact an HVAC specialist to come and take a look.
Now that you know a few of the issues that could cause your air conditioner to cool your home poorly, you can be sure that you are doing everything to ensure your HVAC system is running as well as possible throughout the summer.