One of the most unbearable feelings as a homeowner in Florida is when your air conditioner stops blowing cool air, especially during the warmer months of the year. If your AC is blowing hot or luke-warm air, this could be a simple fix or a sign of a larger issue.
Here are some of the most common causes of warm air coming from an air conditioner:
1. Your Thermostat Isn’t Set Properly
This is the air conditioning version of, “Did you plug it in?” It may seem like an obvious answer to some, but it’s more common than we’d like to admit! Walk over to your thermostat to make sure it’s settings are correct, especially if you recently had a power outage.
Sometimes thermostats accidentally get set to “ON” or “FAN” instead of “COOL” — and there’s an important distinction here. Only the “COOL” setting will actually turn on the nice cold air we love to use during the summer, while the other setting simply runs the fan.
You might also want to double check that the connection to the thermostat is okay and that the batteries aren’t dead.
2. The AC is Leaking Refrigerant
One of the most important parts of keeping the air in your home nice and cool is the refrigerant used to cool the air in the first place! If your AC is low on refrigerant due to a leak, it will likely mean you’ll experience warmer air than usual. Be sure to hire an AC professional to inspect this issue.
3. Your Ductwork Needs Updating
Do you have that one room in your house that is always warmer than all the others, even when your AC is on full blast? It’s possible your ductwork may be the problem!
Whether your ducts are leaking air or have simply become filled with dust or debris, you’ll need to hire a professional to inspect and patch or clean your air ducts if necessary. Don’t attempt to do this on your own, since doing so may result in bigger issues that can lead to more expensive solutions.
4. It’s Time to Replace Your Air Filter
Has it been a few months since you last replaced your air filter with a new one? This may be the culprit of your hot air woes. Simply change out your air filter to keep the inside parts of your AC unit clean from pet dander, debris, and dust.
Need a little assistance to learn about the right air filters for your home? Check out this expert guide to AC air filters!
5. Your Condenser Unit is Dirty
The portion of your AC that is outside is called a “condenser unit” and plays an important role in turning the hot air outside into cold, refreshing air for your home. If a recent storm has blown through, you may want to check that there isn’t anything clogging the unit, such as tree branches, leaves and other debris.
Looking for an AC Professional in Gainesville?
At A+ Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, we are passionate about high-quality service and 100 percent customer satisfaction, and we don’t stop until both are achieved. If your AC is blowing warm air and you can’t resolve it on your own, please call us at (352) 444-7026 or reach out to us online today!