When it’s a warm summer day in Excelsior Springs, nothing could be worse than recognizing your home comfort system isn’t performing the way it is supposed to. The last thing you should have to do is call for AC repair. But your HVAC is a pretty complex system, so it can be hard to figure out what’s creating the issue solo.

That’s why Colvin's Heating and Cooling made this informational guide to help you understand what might be going on with your home comfort system. From here, you’ll find a couple common explanations for why your house is feeling too warm. And even though a couple of these are simple] DIY projects, you might need to bring in a professional for HVAC repair.

And if that’s the case, Colvin's Heating and Cooling is ready to assist. Here are five reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling your residence in Excelsior Springs.

1. Your Device Settings Are Off

Every home uses their thermostat a little differently to work with their personal needs. Yet, a lot of people make the mistake of setting their device to “On” rather than “Auto.” Because of this setting, the fan in your system will continue to produce an air current even once you’ve attained your preferred temperature.

This can feel like your vents are pushing out warmish air, when really it’s only employing the fan more frequently than necessary. Try switching this setting and see if things cool off.

2. Your HVAC Needs Some Cleaning

There are two primary areas to look for dirt or dust buildup when your home comfort system doesn’t appear to be performing as it should.

First, check out your system’s filter. If you don’t swap out your filter routinely, built-up dust can make it hard for air to pass through and cool your house. If your filter is obviously dirty or dusty, it’s definitely time to replace it. (And in general, you should switch it about once every three months at the very least.)

If your filter is looking good, head to your outside unit. Make sure there’s enough room around your air conditioner and clean up plants or debris stuck there. This section of your AC lets off the heat from within your house. If the coils outside are blocked, you won’t be comfortable in your home.

We advise setting professional air conditioner maintenance each year to keep your system running like it should and to keep your warranty valid.

3. Your AC is Losing Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the material that chills the air in your space. It moves between your inside and external system pieces to soak up and release heat, to help your space stay the right temperature. If there is a leak along that system, you won’t be feeling cool again until you schedule professional air conditioning repair.

Signals of a refrigerant leak include a decline in chilled air, pricier electric charges, frozen evaporator coils and odd hissing noises coming from your system.

If you suspect refrigerant could be leaking, call Colvin's Heating and Cooling for system repair as soon as possible. Refrigerant can also be damaging to your family’s health.

4. One or More Elements Have to Be Replaced

Your air conditioner includes a a handful of essential parts. These include the blower, evaporator coils, compressor, fan, condenser coils and expansion valve. If one of these is not working as it should, your home comfort is hurt.

Our Colvin's Heating and Cooling pros are certified and experienced in HVAC. They can help you diagnose and mend any problem.

5. Your AC Should Be Replaced

If your equipment is older than 10 years old, it could likely be about time to think about new air conditioner installation. As your system gets older, it sadly won’t function as well as it once did. And it might be making your home less comfortable.

If your air conditioner is on the younger side but still isn’t cutting it, it could be undersized for your home. AC units are not all the same. A cooling system that’s not powerful enough absolutely can’t help a space the way an appropriately sized air conditioner can.

Create a More Comfortable House with Colvin's Heating and Cooling

You can’t blow time this summer in a hot home. When your air conditioner isn’t working the way it should, lean on Colvin's Heating and Cooling. We’re experts in air conditioner repair. Contact us at 816-379-3918 now.