Why Your Home Isn’t Cooling Down
Posted on September 10th, 2018
Uh, oh: it seems that your central air conditioning unit isn’t cooling your home down. Despite dropping the temperature to the lowest setting, your space seems to be hotter than the weather outside. Although you might think your unit is broken — it might not be. If you’re still unsure why it’s not cooling, then here are some factors to weigh out:
A Window is Open
Believe it or not, sometimes homeowners leave a window open — and completely forget about it. When this happens, your thermostat can sense the change in temperature and will adjust your home to what it detects.
Before turning on your HVAC unit or adjusting the temperature on the thermostat, make sure that all windows and doors (that lead outside) are shut. Not only will this help keep your home comfortable and cool, but you’ll notice the difference within minutes.
Your Filter is Dirty
Another reason why your home isn’t cooling down quickly is due to the filter. Of course, you could have just replaced the filter — but how long ago was that? Believe it or not, replacing the air filter in your home every 2 to 3 months is crucial since it will help keep your home at a steady temperature.
Indeed, when an air filter is dirty and is still being used, it will make your unit work twice as hard — which will raise your energy bills and begin to break down your unit. Pro Tip: if you can’t recall the last time you changed your filter, then we suggest changing that day.
Home Lacks Insulation
Sometimes when a home lacks insulation, it will negatively impact the performance of the HVAC unit within it. Nine out of ten times, older homes are poorly insulated or lack insulation altogether. This not only makes the indoor temperature inconsistent, but it also won’t retain the cold air — which will cause your unit to work overtime.
If you feel that your home lacks the proper insulation, then it’s essential to hire a professional to assess the situation and then install the proper insulation for your home. Once installed, you’ll notice a difference in temperature, in addition to lower energy bills, too!
While these are only some of the many possibilities of why your home won’t cool down, then it’s important to please contact Plumbing & A/C Medic today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians who can fix the problem!