Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

If you live in Florida, the last thing you want to do is come home and find that your AC system is blowing hot air. If your system is blowing hot air, it’s a sign that something isn’t working as it should be. Luckily, it may be an easy fix you can do yourself. Below are some of the most common reasons why your AC isn’t leaving you feeling cool and comfortable and what you can do about it.

The Thermostat is On the Wrong Setting

First things first, check your thermostat. While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s possible that the thermostat was switched to the wrong setting and is making hot air blow out. If the thermostat was accidentally switched to the heat setting, simply switch it to “cool” and see if it stops the flow of hot air.

The Air Filter is Clogged

A clogged air filter can lead to other issues which can make your AC system blow warm air. A dirty air filter can lead to increased dust in your home and cause issues with the condenser coils which may contribute to warm air coming from your AC.  The air filter is one of the most neglected components of an air conditioning system yet it is one of the most important. One of the simplest ways to prevent your AC system from blowing hot air is to change the filter each month.

There’s a Problem with the Refrigerant

Refrigerant or Freon issues could be a culprit if your AC is blowing hot air. If refrigerant levels are low or if there is a refrigerant leak, cool air may be halted, leaving you with a warm home. While the above issues may be resolved with some DIY magic, refrigerant issues should be handled by the professionals at Engineered Air.

The Condenser is Dirty

If your AC is blowing hot air, one of the first things you should check is the condenser. A dirty condenser can not only cause the system to blow hot or warm air, but it means your system isn’t functioning as efficiently as it could be. To clean the condenser, turn off the unit and inspect the metal box that houses the “off” switch. Once the system has powered down, remove the grille and locate the coils and fins. Clean any debris from the unit and carefully dust the coil and fins. Once the debris has been removed and system has been dusted, check to see if the unit cools normally.

A malfunctioning AC is frustrating, but it’s nothing that your local professionals at Engineered Air can’t fix. If you would like to learn more about HVAC systems, click here, or visit Engineered Air today.