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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Air Conditioner is Not Cooling Properly

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Common Reasons Your AC Unit Is Not Cooling Properly in Pinellas County

It’s the middle of summer in Florida and all of a sudden, a dreaded blast of warm air starts coming through the air vents in your home. Have you been there before? When your air conditioner is still blowing air, but it is not cold enough, there are a few different things that can be going on.

Before you start to panic and think the worst, let’s look into five of the most common reasons your AC is not cooling properly in Pineallas County and provide some practical next steps.

  1. Thermostat Fan Setting: First things first, check your thermostat fan setting. Is it set to “on” or “auto”? If it is switched “on,” your air handler will blow air even when your system is not in a cooling cycle. Basically, this will result in warm air coming out of the vents. Adjust the fan setting to “auto” and this very well could fix the problem.
  2. Air Filters: When was the last time you changed out your air filters? If it has been a while and your air filters are filthy, this could be the cause of your problem. When your air filters are dirty, the amount of air that is able to blow over your evaporator coils is limited. As a result, much of the air that your AC pulls from your home’s air will not be cooled. Change out your filters and then reevaluate.
  3. Refrigerant: Fun fact, refrigerant is actually a chemical compound used in your air conditioner that basically absorbs environmental heat and provides cool air once it runs through compressors and evaporators. In regards to your air conditioner not cooling properly, if the refrigerant is low or for some reason it is leaking, it may not be able to produce enough cool air. Unlike the first two troubleshooting tips, you will need to call in an HVAC contractor in Tampa for this issue.
  4. Cooling Coils: Your air conditioner has a set of indoor coils that absorbs heat from your home’s air, as well as, a set of outdoor coils that transfer heat from your home to outside. If either of these coils get dirty it can hinder your unit’s ability to remove heat from your home, resulting in warmer than desired air coming out of your vents. There are a lot of tips on the best way to clean the coils, but whatever you do if you can’t do it safely and properly, call in the experts.
  5. Condenser Unit: Is it possible your condenser unit is blocked or clogged? Head outside and investigate the condition of your unit. Maybe it is blocked by plants, leaves, other debris that may be hindering the condenser from working properly. If you do not see anything obvious, turn to a trusted HVAC professional.

If your DIY inspection does not result in your air conditioning working properly again, one of Mason AC’s HVAC contractors in Tampa can provide the troubleshooting and service you will need to get your unit blowing cool air again. Mason Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. has been providing maintenance, repairs and installing new air conditioning units for years to the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Bradenton areas.

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