When it’s a searing summer day in Lexington, nothing feels worse than realizing your home comfort system isn’t operating the way it should. The last thing you want to do is schedule air conditioner service. But your AC is a pretty intricate system, so it can be almost impossible to figure out what’s creating the trouble on your own.

That’s why James Heating & A/C, Inc wrote this guide to help you figure out what may be going on with your cooling system. Below, you’ll find a couple typical reasons your space is feeling a little too warm. And while some of these are easy] DIY projects, you may still need to bring in a pro for cooling system repair.

And if that’s the case, James Heating & A/C, Inc is here for you. Here are five reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling your home in Lexington.

1. Your Thermostat Settings Are Off

Every person adjusts their thermostat a little differently to suit their specific requirements. Yet, many people make the mistake of setting their device to “On” instead of “Auto.” Because of this setting, the fan in your system will continue to blow even after you’ve achieved your desired temperature.

This can appear like your AC is distributing untreated air, when actually it’s simply using the fan on a more regular basis than necessary. Try switching this setting and find out if things change.

2. Your Home Comfort System Needs a Good Cleaning

There are two primary areas to check for dirt or dust buildup when your air conditioner doesn’t feel like it is performing well.

Firstly, take a look at your system’s filter. If you don’t switch your filter routinely, buildup can make it hard for air to move through and lower the temperature your space. If your filter is noticeably dirty or dusty, it’s likely time to replace it. (And as a rule, you should replace it about once every three months at a minimum.)

If your filter appears clean, move to your external unit. Double check there’s a reasonable amount of clearing around the unit and clear away plants or debris close by. This part of your cooling system discharges the heat from inside your space. If the coils outside are blocked, you won’t be comfortable indoors.

We suggest scheduling professional air conditioner maintenance yearly to keep your equipment running like it should and to keep your warranty valid.

3. Your System is Losing Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the material that chills the air in your space. It moves between your internal and outside system elements to absorb and release heat, to help your space stay cool. If there is a crack along the way, you won’t be feeling cool again until you book professional air conditioning repair.

Signals of a refrigerant leak include a decrease in chilled air, pricier utility bills, frozen evaporator coils and strange hissing noises coming from your HVAC.

If you think refrigerant may be leaking, call James Heating & A/C, Inc for system repair as soon as possible. Refrigerant can also be damaging to your family’s health.

4. One or More Pieces Need to Be Replaced

Your system is made up of a few important pieces. These include the blower, evaporator coils, compressor, fan, condenser coils and expansion valve. If any one of these is not working as it should, your home comfort is hurt.

Our James Heating & A/C, Inc pros are trained and knowledged in HVAC. They can help you locate and fix any issue.

5. Your Air Conditioner Should Be Upgraded

If your system is more than 10 years old, it is probably about time to research new air conditioner installation. As your system ages, it unfortunately won’t run as well as it has in the past. And it could be making your home uncomfortable.

If your air conditioner is on the younger side but still isn’t keeping you cool, it may be too small for your house. HVAC systems are not all the same. A system that’s undersized simply can’t cool a home the way a correctly sized system can.

Make a More Comfortable Space with James Heating & A/C, Inc

You shouldn’t blow time this summer in an unpleasant home. When your air conditioner isn’t functioning how it should, bank on James Heating & A/C, Inc. We’re skilled in AC repair. Contact us at 336-853-6070 today.