It’s that time of the year again: Florida’s warm and humid summer weather is back! That means it’s also the time when most homeowners in South Florida are cranking on their ACs. But what do you do when you turn on your AC to find out it won’t blow cold air like it should? Follow our guide below to learn a few reasons what might be causing the issue and what you can do about it.
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Is your thermostat working properly?
If you find that your AC isn’t blowing cold air, the first step is always to check your thermostat. It may seem silly, but it’s possible that the settings may be incorrect in order to make cold air. Try checking to see that the AC is “On” and not set to “Fan” which only moves the current air around in your home. If it is set to be on, ensure that the temperature settings are correct or lower them a few more degrees to see if that helps.
And of course, if the thermostat doesn’t seem to be working well, it’s possible there may be an electrical issue or the batteries may be dead. Check to make sure these aren’t the cause for your problem before resorting to the next few steps. However, when these simple tricks don’t seem to be doing the trick, you may have another issue.
Is one area of your home warmer than the rest?
It may be possible that the problem lies beyond a simple temperature adjustment. If one of your rooms seems to be much warmer than the rest of your house, you may have a dirty evaporator. Make sure this is cleaned, then run the AC for another few hours to see if that resolves the problem.
Another common cause of inadequate cooling may be that your AC unit is not the right size for your home. Check with your local AC expert to evaluate the size of your home and ensure that the unit is the right fit for your needs.
Is the weather extremely hot outside and do you have strategic landscaping?
Outside temperatures above 95 degrees can make it nearly impossible to keep any home lower than 70 degrees inside. If you are having a hard time keeping your home cool with just the AC, try some other steps to keep your home cool, such as closing windows and shutters, installing ceiling fans, or being strategic with landscaping. By planting tall, shaded trees and utilizing vines on the side of your home, you could keep some of the warmer temperatures at bay naturally.
Is your condenser blocked or dirty?
One part of your AC that plays an important role in keeping your home at its coolest is the condenser. Check to make sure that this is clean of any debris, dirt, or weeds. These may keep it from working properly and could make it harder for your AC to keep up with the Florida heat.
When All Else Fails, Call Engineered Air for Cold Air!
We know just the tricks to figuring out why your AC might not be cooling your home like it should be. With decades of experience and services available for all over the Boca Raton and West Palm Beach areas, it’s no wonder why so many people depend on us for their home cooling needs. Call our expert team today or schedule an appointment online!