The last thing you want when it’s hot outside is for the temperature inside your home to match the unbearable heat you’re trying to escape. Although your first thought might be that the thermostat might not be set to a cold enough temperature, your AC system might be trying to indicate that there is a certain problem occurring within it.
Clogged Air Ducts
The main channel your AC unit sends air to every part of your home is through the air ducts. If there is something blocking the air’s path, the air, hot or cold, will not make it where it needs to go in a fast manner. The best way to prevent such an issue is to have your ductwork have routine maintenance to ensure that there are no leaks or objects within the ductwork to block any air.
If the technology within your thermostat is broken and not communicating properly with your AC system, this can cause your home to start warming instead of cooling and vice versa. This connection between your thermostat, which is the only way you have access to directly controlling your home’s temperature, and your AC unit, is vital to the overall energy efficiency of your home. If this connection is broken in some way, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible. The longer you wait to repair it, the longer you’ll be losing energy and causing your monthly bill to increase in cost.
The refrigerant is a liquid that runs through your AC unit to keep the air that flows through cold. When the tubing that carries the refrigerant has a leak or becomes damaged, the capacity for your AC system to cool your home lowers. It is vital that your system has a constant flow of refrigerant running through it, because when that becomes disrupted, the house slowly becomes warmer instead of cooler. This can also lead your AC unit to work overtime to counteract the lack of refrigerant, which can lead to other parts within your system becoming damaged.
If your AC unit has a refrigerant leak, get it repaired or checked out by a professional technician immediately. Having refrigerant leaking into the air you breathe is dangerous and can cause serious respiratory damage if left unattended.
If your home has a traditional HVAC system with ductwork, there is a large chance that the reason your home is staying warm is because the cold air that was supposed to go to the rest of your house is escaping out through the ducts it’s traveling in! These ducts have joints and seams all throughout to maintain their shape and create the pathway that the air flows through. If this pathway is disrupted by damage, that causes the joints and seams to fail, and that will allow air to leave the ducts and allow your home to become warmer.
The best way to avoid the majority of these problems is to have regular maintenance done to your HVAC system at least twice a year to ensure that nothing has gone awry in your system. Getting a tune-up done on your HVAC system can help catch anything that has broken ahead of time and give you the ease of mind before the extreme heat or frigid cold sets in.
For more information on why your home isn’t staying cool when you need it most, contact Service Wizard to stay cool all year long!