Like most people, you want your air conditioner to run when you turn it on. But sometimes, your air conditioner runs but doesn’t cool properly. So, you look outside and see the bulbs are lit up, and it looks just fine. But why isn’t it cooling? There could be several reasons for this but before calling an expert, always make sure to check a few things first:
a) Is the temperature set correctly?
b) Is there a power outage?
c) Are all the electrical connections appropriately connected?
- Check the Thermostat The first thing you should do when your air conditioner isn’t cooling is to check the thermostat. The thermostat is a device that measures the temperature in your home and adjusts the air conditioner accordingly. It may seem obvious but ensuring that your AC runs effectively is crucial. Ensure that the temperature setting on your thermostat matches what you think it should be. Any issues with your thermostat will not allow for proper airflow through your home or office and will not cool off accordingly.
- Faulty Compressor The compressor is responsible for compressing refrigerant gas into a liquid state so it can be cooled and pumped through the condenser coil. If the compressor breaks down, it won’t be able to absorb heat from inside your home and produce cold air. If you suspect that your compressor may have failed, then call an expert immediately so they can take care of it before further damage occurs.
- Clean Or Replace Filters The filter on your air conditioner is designed to trap dirt and other contaminants that could damage your system. Dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner. When this filter gets clogged with dust, it can cause an increase in energy consumption and shortens the lifespan of the AC unit. You can check if your filter needs cleaning by pulling on it gently or tapping it with your finger. You will probably need an air filter installation if it is hard to pull out or if the particles are stuck in it.
- Check for Leaks Check for leaks in ductwork or insulation around windows and doors. Leaks in ductwork can cause poor airflow throughout your home or office and result in an inefficient air conditioner operation. You may also notice that there are gaps in insulation around windows or doors, which could cause heat loss during winters and a higher energy bill due to extra usage trying desperately to keep temperatures steady inside.