Imagine waking up in the morning and getting ready for work in the nice a/c. Your makeup and hair stay perfect because you’re not sweating and that makes for a fantastic day. Throughout the day, it’s kind of hot and muggy yet tolerable however, you manage knowing that you get to go home to the perfect temperature in your own home. Surprise, it’s actually almost 80 degrees in your home by the time you get there. Your makeup and hair was nice while it lasted. There are a few things for you to check quickly before calling in the professionals.
Check the Settings on your Thermostat
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget the most basic solutions. Make sure your thermostat is set to “cool” and not “heat.” Additionally, make sure the “auto” section is highlighted. The “fan” setting should be off, because this setting causes the fan to run even when the A/C isn’t operating, causing future problems.
Check Your Air Filter
When in doubt, always check your air filter. Clogged air filters are the backbone of an AC unit’s existence, and can cause all sorts of problems for the unit. You should replace air filters once a month. This will greatly reduce the risk of any mechanical issues, increase the longevity of your HVAC system, and keep the air quality safe and clean.
Make Sure All Units are Operating Correctly
Check to make sure that the indoor unit and the outdoor compressor are turned on and functioning properly. The compressor generates cool air, so if it’s off, the indoor unit has nothing to circulate.
Check for Freeze-Ups
Freeze-ups are the formation of ice on the exterior of a unit. Check the outdoor compressor for any freeze-ups, as they can cause the compression coils to work improperly, leading to hot air being circulated. Dirty coils can lead to system malfunctions as well.
Possible Other Issues
There are a number of more serious issues that can cause the unit to circulate hot air. A few examples are refrigerant leaks, electrical issues, or broken compressors. In these cases, professional help is mandatory, as they are potentially dangerous to your AC unit.