The summer heat in Augusta, Georgia, is no laughing matter, especially when your air conditioning unit won't keep your house cool. From creating unpleasant temperatures within your home, to decreasing air quality and increasing risk factors such as mold or mildew growth, malfunctioning air conditioners can cause a wide array of issues in your home. Fortunately, resolving your air conditioning woes is made easier with these helpful troubleshooting ideas.
Common Reasons Your Air Conditioner Isn't Working Properly
A properly working AC unit is imperative to keep your home cool and your family happy. If you've noticed that your air conditioner isn't working properly, then you can start to troubleshoot the issue with the following tactics.
Check your thermostat setting.
The first thing that you should check is your thermostat setting to ensure it is set to "Cool." Next, you will want to make sure the fan is set to "Auto." Finally, you will want to double check that the temperature is set to the desired degree.
Make sure the air filter isn't dirty.
Did you know that a dirty air filter can keep your air conditioner from working properly? As a general rule of thumb, your air filter should be replaced at least twice a year.
Look at the outside condenser unit.
Leaves, dirt, grass, sticks, and other debris can clog your outside condenser unit. Larger debris can also keep your AC system's fans from moving, which can cause it to malfunction.
The good news is that if your AC unit is experiencing any of the above issues, you can schedule professional AC maintenance service to change the air filters, remove debris from the clogged unit, and troubleshoot any other issues that might warrant AC repair.
The most complex issues that will keep your air conditioner from working properly include:
Low Refrigerant Levels
Refrigerant is used to help your AC blow cool air. If the levels are too low, then your AC will begin to blow warm air. You might also have a leak that is causing your unit to lose refrigerant at rapid levels. A professional technician will be able to find and repair the leak before adding refrigerant.
Leaky Air Ducts
Air ducts can be found within your home's walls, basement, and attic. A leaky air duct can interfere with your air conditioning system's cooling process. Leaky air ducts can cause the unit to stop producing cool air, blow the cool air into only one section of the house, or even send the cool air straight outside. Fortunately, a professional technician can help you discover if a leaky air duct is preventing your home from cooling down during the hot summer months.
Is It Time for AC Replacement?
Have you completed all of the previously mentioned troubleshooting steps? Is your AC unit still producing warm air or no air at all? If you answered yes to the latter questions, then it might be time to schedule AC replacement or repair services. The good news is that the Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® team is standing by to answer all of your questions. Our team of professional AC technicians can complete any necessary AC maintenance or AC repair tasks and, if needed, install a new AC system. Contact a member of the Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® team today to schedule your AC service at