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Why Isn’t My AC Cooling?

If you’re suddenly noticing that your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home down the way it once was, it’s probably time to schedule professional service for your AC. First, you can try a couple of troubleshooting tips to see if you can fix the problem easily yourself. But if these tricks don’t work, you need to leave the problem to our team of professionals to figure out.

Just give us a call for air conditioner repair in Moneta and let us know the problems you’re experiencing with your AC. We can get down to the root of the problem and fix it. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about how you can troubleshoot with your AC when it isn’t cooling and learn about some of the factors that can impact your unit’s ability to cool your home.

Lack of Airflow

A lack of airflow is one of the top reasons for a loss of cooling ability. Airflow can be affected coming into the unit through the intake right where your air filter is located. If the filter gets too dirty, it doesn’t allow enough air to pass through for cooling. Simply changing out the air filter when it gets dirty can go along way toward preventing cooling issues. 

The same thing goes for your outdoor unit. You may need to hose it down when it is particularly dirty so that heat can escape effectively. If heat is not able to blow outside of your home via the outdoor portion of the unit, it can get trapped inside and increase the indoor air temperature.

Clogged Condensate Drain Line

It’s also possible that your air conditioner is doing plenty to cool your home down, but it is working against high humidity levels. If the air inside of your home is too humid, the air temperature can feel warmer than what it really is. This is often caused by a clogged condensate drain line.

If you don’t rinse out the condensate drain line where moisture channels away from your air conditioner, clogs can develop and water will back up into the line and spill out into your home. This water then re-evaporates into the air, ultimately increasing humidity levels. Without the ability to transfer that humidity outside of your home effectively, your AC will be working against poor conditions.

Lack of Refrigerant

Refrigerant is what cycles through the evaporator coils inside and condenser coils outside to cool your down. If there is a leak in a line and refrigerant levels lower down, there may not be enough refrigerant available to absorb heat and transfer it outside. 

Your air conditioner may continue working as normal as possible without producing the results that you expect. The refrigerant leak needs to be identified, repaired, and then the lines recharged so that you have adequate refrigerant levels for cooling.

Broken Capacitor

The outdoor portion of your unit has a small but mighty component called the capacitor. It helps to power the blower motor, fan, and the compressor on the outdoor unit. It’s so easy to panic if your air conditioner stops working completely. But if you haven’t been experiencing any other problems, it’s likely the capacitor. Luckily, this part is easy to replace and not very expensive.

We can help you make repairs to your AC when something goes wrong. Rely on the experts at W.C. Butler Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment today.

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