The only thing one needs during summers is to stay cool. The need for it is so high that we only go to those places that have air conditioning. Even at home, it runs full blast. But alas, they are machines, and hence, from time to time, they might act up. It is just their way of demanding a little attention.
All residential air conditioning issues do not indicate a faulty machine. There are times when the problem lies elsewhere. So it is important first to figure out its source. As an HVAC contractor, we have often seen that calling the technician is not even required. You can avoid most of the residential air conditioning issues with some diligence and a little presence of mind.
Avoiding Common Residential Air Conditioning Issues
Issue 1 – Warm Air Coming From AC – TheFor cold air to come from the vents, the thermostat should be set to “Cool for cold air to come from the vents.” Therefore, the first thing to do is to check the thermostat setting. Somebody may have changed it. If you notice that it is set to heating, rectify the setting.
Similarly, if someone increases the temperature setting on the thermostat, it may feel in retrospect that the AC is blowing warm air. In truth, it is simply blowing air as per the temperature setting. So once again, you need to be extra careful with what settings the thermostat has been programmed.
Issue 2 – Hot And Cold Areas Or Uneven Cooling – If some rooms or areas in your home feel hot while the others feel cold, you should first check the vents and registers. In all probability, someone may have either blocked or closed one or more of them. It could be intentional or unintentional. Unintentionally, it may happen when we move the furniture around and place something directly in front of the vent, blocking it completely or partially. This restricts the flow of treated air, which makes the room feel warm.
Homeowners who close the vents and registers on purpose should know that it serves no purpose other than putting your system under strain and increasing the pressure in the duct. If you do it assuming that this will save energy, you are wrong. For that, you need a zoning system. Every AC is built to give the same output. Closing the vents will not bring any change in the AC’s function. It will continue to work at the same rate. Since the thermostat will sense that the desired temperature has not yet been reached, it will not signal the AC to cycle down. Additionally, the pressure behind the closed vents will increase, which can rupture the ducts.
Issue 3 – Weak Airflow – As is the case with every HVAC system, they need to be able to breathe in ample quantities. If the inflow of air is not adequate, even the outflow won’t be. The biggest culprit in hindering airflow is the dirty air filter. The air filter is meant to trap the impurities suspended in the air. Over time, the accumulation of trapped impurities in the air filter increase until it becomes clogged. It becomes more challenging for the AC to pull in air, and as a result, the output also decreases.
Restricted airflow results in other allied problems as well. Some of the most notable ones are:
1. Ice formation on the evaporator coils.
2. Strain on the system leading to overheating and shutting down.
3. Frequent malfunctions due to strain.
Issue 4 – High Energy Bills – Many homes face the problem of excessively high energy bills during the summer season. The main contributor to this is the air conditioner. Nevertheless, it is possible to lower your energy bills with minimal investment. Here’s how you can achieve that:
- Use a programmable thermostat. You can program it for different temperature settings for different times of the day. It requires no manual intervention, and hence, even if you forget to make the changes. Even better would be if you could afford a smart thermostat. With it, you can control the settings from anywhere in the world. All you need to have is an internet connection at home and on your smartphone.
- Use the ceiling fan. The ceiling fan indoors is not for decoration. If you switch it on alongside AC, it will help cool the indoors faster without having to lower the temperature settings.
- Draw the blinds. Keeping out sunlight will prevent unnecessary heating of the house. The best way to keep out sunlight is by drawing the blinds and drapes as soon as the outdoor temperature starts increasing.
- Keep electrical appliances at a distance. Refrain from keeping all your electrical appliances in close proximity to each other. As they work, they generate heat. If kept close, the heat produced in one area will be more, due to which the AC might have to work longer.
Most AC or HVAC troubles are self-invited because we forget to take care of its maintenance. Do remember, maintenance is all about preventing issues. Therefore, at no cost should you think of it as a wasteful activity. Despite maintenance, if you come across any issue related to the AC, please don’t panic. Check your thermostat settings, the condition of the air filter, and the position of vents – one of these things is likely the source of trouble. If all seems well, call your local HVAC contractor to troubleshoot instead of taking matters into your own hands.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a renowned HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. We are your one-stop-shop for all the HVAC needs. We cater to the installations, repairs, and maintenance of all residential and commercial heating and cooling systems. In addition, we also provide duct cleaning services and indoor air quality solutions. Your indoor comfort is our top priority. We believe in providing prompt world-class services at affordable rates. To cater to your comfort, we keep our offices open 24/7, so you can talk to us anytime. To book an appointment, call +1-888-729-8452.