Deciding to Seek Help For Your AC Unit

By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.

What To Do When Your AC Just Can't Cool Enough

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A common complaint about air conditioning is that is isn't cooling enough -- the house seems too warm, so the air conditioner must be failing, right? Not necessarily. While a faulty or broken air conditioner can be the cause of your troubles, sometimes there are other forces at play. In any case, you need to be able to distinguish between a true air conditioning problem and times when you're just not going to get enough cooling service, even from a system in perfect shape.

Understand What's Happening

First, you need to understand why a perfectly fine air conditioning system wouldn't cool well. The basic issue is that there is too much heat coming into the house. That means the air conditioner just can't cool down all of the air in the house to a level that seems cool to you. Your typical home air conditioner can cool about 20 degrees or so below the non-air-conditioned temperature of the air inside the house. If your house would be in the 90s without the air conditioning on, you could reasonably get the inside of the house into the 70s.

But if the inside of the house would be at 100 or even 110 without air conditioning -- not out of the realm of possibility in some areas of the country during summer -- then you'd be looking at maybe cooling the house into the 80s if you're lucky. So if you're in a really hot area, or your town is experiencing a much hotter heat wave than you're all used to, it's entirely possible that your air conditioner is doing the best it can.

Check the Maintenance Records

That being said, check your maintenance records. If it's been a while since you had the air conditioner serviced, now is the time to call for a general inspection and "tune-up," for lack of a better term. Your air conditioner may work, but if it hasn't been serviced in a while, it might be a bit overburdened by excess dust or older parts that could need replacement soon. That would make it harder for the system to cool as much as it could given the heat coming into the home.

Take Care of All the Peripheral Stuff

Also take time to take care of all the peripheral issues, those factors that aren't part of the air conditioning system itself but that could be affecting the temperature of the air in the house. Turn your blinds to block light; ensure weather stripping is in good shape. Change your daily meal plans to incorporate less stove and oven use; replace single-pane windows with dual-pane if possible. All of that will reduce the heat being spun into the air in the house, and the air conditioner won't have to contend with a much hot air.

When you've reduced the excess heat as much as you can, and any excessive heat waves have ended, call for air conditioning service if you're still having trouble cooling your home. One inspection is all it should take to find the problem.

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30 June 2019