“WHY IS IT SO HOT IN HERE?”
Ever returned home after being outside in the heat and wondered what the heck was going on and why your house apparently turned into a sauna while you were away? You go through a mental checklist of possible explanations:
“Did I accidentally turn the heat on? And possibly install a gas fireplace?”
“Did I leave the windows open?”
“Is my spouse converting our home to a sweat lodge?”
“Did I accidentally put a wool sweater on underneath my button-down shirt? AGAIN?”
Of course, the answers to any of the above questions could certainly be “yes.” However, there are several far more likely culprits to blame, like your air conditioner.
Are Your Refrigerant Levels Low?
Refrigerant is needed in order for an air conditioner to circulate cool air throughout a home. Without it, an AC is likely to blow out warm or hot air.
Due to low levels of refrigerant and stark differences in pressure, the liquid coolant freezes, causing damage to the evaporating coil.
Ice prevents adequate circulation as a result of the low refrigerant, frozen components and damage to the evaporating coil. Low refrigerant levels are almost exclusively caused by leaks.
Occasionally, a leak can be audibly heard, by emitting a hissing or bubbling sound. Do not attempt to locate and/or repair yourself. This is a job for a professional, who knows how to correctly troubleshoot and tackle even the most complex leaks.
The Unit is Dirty
The solution to a poorly-functioning AC can simply mean a thorough cleaning done by a professional, wherein the entire AC unit is dusted, cleaned and vacuumed. Any mold or mildew will be immediately treated.
Not only will the lack of dust and dirt help the AC to operate efficiently and effectively; you will also be breathing in much cleaner air, free of allergens and other irritants.
Think of it like attempting to use a vacuum cleaner that is clogged and completely full, or a computer that’s been running all day and is full of dust. Clogs kill fans, motors, and other machinery. Proper, professional cleaning can make all the difference in the world.
The AC Was Installed Incorrectly, to Begin With
If you installed your AC yourself or you had someone else do it who “knew how” but is not a licensed contractor, let’s face it: you might have made a mistake. Not to worry - simply call a local HVAC contractor to help adjust the air conditioner so that it is properly placed.
In the event you did retain the services of a professional unless a considerable amount of time has passed since the installation, he or she will most likely correct the installation free of charge.
If your AC is misbehaving, don’t hesitate to call Lascko Services of Muskegon, at (231) 725-2777 to schedule an appointment today. No matter the cause, we can get your home cool again in no time!