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Is Your AC Cooling, But Not Cooling Enough? Let’s Find Out Why

flushed-man-before-fanWhen you have a small window air conditioner, you expect that it will only be able to cool a limited radius, at most a single room, and it still may not make the space evenly cool. When you have a central air conditioner for your house, you do expect that it will keep up with the heat and provide enough cooling for your whole house to stay comfortable. Yes, there will be some temperature fluctuations based on the house, but overall the house should feel close to the setting on the thermostat.

If you are currently not getting that from your AC, it’s possible you need to call us for air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO. Below we’ll take a look at why you may be experiencing this problem. 

The air conditioner was improperly installed

If this is a new AC system, the trouble might be that the people who installed it took shortcuts and put in an air conditioner that is underpowered for your house. A new AC must be accurately sized so that it’s cooling capacity matches the comfort requirements of the home. An undersized AC will just run and run trying to meet a temperature setting that is impossible for it to reach. The only “fix” to this problem is to have professionals replace the AC with a correctly sized one.

The air filter is clogged and needs to be replaced

The problem may be as basic as an air filter that’s been left in the HVAC system for too long. If this filter becomes clogged, it will cut down on airflow into the air conditioner and lower the amount of air that gets cooled. You only need to put in a new filter to fix this—and keep up with regular filter changes through the year (every one to three months).

The air conditioner’s outdoor cabinet is blocked

The outdoor cabinet of a split system air conditioner is called the condenser, and it’s where the heat moved from indoors is exhausted to the outside. If this cabinet is blocked or obstructed because of shrubs, branches, or excessive dirt, it will lower the cooling capacity of the AC. 

The AC has leaking refrigerant

Refrigerant leaks are a common problem with air conditioners, often affecting systems that are more than five years old. As the refrigerant level decreases, so does the cooling capacity of the system. There may be other warning signs, such as a rise in humidity, ice along the evaporator coil, or a hissing/bubbling sound from the AC. This problem needs professionals to fix: they must seal the leaks and then restore the lost amount of refrigerant. 

The thermostat is malfunctioning

Your AC may be working fine, but the thermostat that controls it is having problems. If the thermostat begins to sense the wrong temperatures in the house, it will shut off the air conditioner early, before it reaches your desired temperature. It’s a straightforward job for technicians to recalibrate the thermostat or install a new one. 

Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning serves Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Call us for the AC help you need!

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