Why Your Air Conditioner Is Blowing Hot Air

Why Your Air Conditioner Is Blowing Hot Air

There’s little worse than turning down the thermostat setting on your air conditioning system on a hot, steamy Florida day, only to find the unit is blowing hot air. Your comfort and safety are of the utmost importance, so when you face such a serious HVAC problem knowing what might be causing the issue can be essential. There is a wide range of possible reasons why your air conditioning system isn’t functioning properly. Here, our HVAC company in Gainesville, FL, LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating, discusses the top reasons for your AC not cooling or not blowing cold air.

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Thermostat Problems

A simple potential cause of your air conditioner not blowing cool air is an error with your thermostat’s settings or the thermostat itself. In the case of settings error, you may have the thermostat on the “fan” setting instead of the “auto” setting. Leaving the thermostat on the “fan” setting causes the air to blow continuously, even when the AC is not actively in its cooling cycle, resulting in the air it produces feeling warm to the touch. If you have a zoned cooling system, make sure to check the thermostats to ensure there are no conflicting settings. If your thermostat is outdated or malfunctioning, it may be time for a thermostat replacement!

Tripped Breaker

If your air conditioning system is blowing hot air or air that isn’t as cold as it should be, you should check the electrical control panel in your home or business to ensure none of the breaker switches were tripped. If your AC isn’t running at all, your first concern would be the fact that it isn’t turning on. However, it is possible for a part of the system to power off, resulting in only half of the system functioning. Inspect the circuit box, which is often located in the garage. If a breaker switch is flipped, simply flip it back to the alternate position and check the air temperature again. If the switch continues to flip, contact our professional HVAC technicians, as this can indicate a more serious problem demanding the attention of our experts.

Dirty Air Filters

Every waft of air that travels from your air conditioner through your vents and into your indoor spaces first runs through air filters installed in the system. Over time, as the system filters the air, the air filter accumulates airborne contaminants and particulate matter, trapping them and preventing them from flowing through your structure. While a dirty air filter may not seem like a significant problem, it can lead to significant issues. It can cause the fan, compressor, or motor to work overtime, possibly causing hot air to come out or the system to fail to function altogether. Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure there is not restricted airflow, so your AC can function properly and blow cool air.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant is an integral part of your air conditioning system. It is the agent that allows the heat-cold exchange, and your system requires a certain level of refrigerant to function properly. When the refrigerant levels in your system are low, such as through a slow leak, your air conditioner will produce less cold air.  The evaporator coil in your system can also have a refrigerant leak. Low-level refrigerant leaks can damage all components in your air conditioner, as the system works twice as hard to compensate for the loss. Our AC repair experts can find and fix the leak and ensure your system functions as it should.

LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating Can Troubleshoot The Problem

If your AC stops blowing cold air, LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating is your first call for assessing all of the air conditioning details, identifying the culprit, and remediating the issue, so you can get back to being cool and comfortable faster. We strive to be quick, efficient, and affordable in all of our services, plus our technicians’ extensive knowledge can help with any issue! We’ll check your condenser fan, condenser fan motor, refrigerant levels, compressor, and coils and investigate any vent blockages or other concerns that can lead to a hot, sticky, and uncomfortable home. Optimize your air conditioner and reap all the benefits! Contact us today to schedule AC services for your home or business today!

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