It’s summer and temperatures are more sweltering than ever. In that environment, the last thing anyone wants to deal with is a struggling air conditioner. If it seems like your AC doesn’t seem to be working properly then odds are something is amiss. Rather than being stubborn and continuing to run it despite wasting even more energy, consider the potential causes of the problem. Here to assist with that are four reasons why your AC might struggle this summer.
- Improper Maintenance
Nothing keeps an AC in tiptop shape like a little preventative maintenance. It’s a good habit to get into as opposed to waiting until a problem arises and responding accordingly. Whether the culprit is a filthy evaporator coil, a broken motor, or low levels of refrigerant, a little preventative maintenance can identify potential issues before they turn into serious problems.
- Leaky Ducts
Did you know that leaky ducts can rob your AC system of at least 33 percent of its efficiency? Even worse, the air your system would otherwise be cooling is literally flying the coop. In addition to lost efficiency and air, your AC system will have to work much harder to cool the interior, effectively driving up your bill in the process.
- Excessive Humidity
Humidity is inherently unpleasant, but it’s also detrimental to the quality of your indoor air. In fact, humidity promotes conditions that are ripe for mold and fungus. Combine this with inadequate filtering and poor ventilation and things begin looking particularly bleak. If the AC has been running all day but the house is uncomfortably warm and you only feel the cold when you stand right next to the vent, you likely need to consider dehumidification options. This may include searching for another AC system with more sophisticated dehumidification abilities.
One of the primary causes for excessive warmth inside a house actually originates from outside. This is because the exterior portion of the air conditioner may be dirty or covered in excessive debris. A high amount of leaves or other particles can cause the fan to work overtime, potentially leading to a host of other issues. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Just make sure no other external objects are blocking the airflow, then remove the fan and clean accordingly.
Instead of sweating it out this summer, get ahead of the curve. All it takes is a quick call to a certified HVAC technician at Cascade Mechanical to schedule an inspection.
Contact the experts at Cascade or Call (509) 642-6383.