Find Out Why Your Air Conditioner is Blowing Hot Air
Imagine roasting outside and then looking forward to being able to find cool comfort inside your home.
But once you get inside, much to your disappointment, the air conditioner is blowing hot air back at you.
To say that this is frustrating is an understatement. Don’t lose your cool though. There are a few common reasons why this happens, most of which are super quick and easy to fix.
Flipped Breaker Switches
Your AC has breaker switches to protect your home from power surges and fire risk.
If the breaker is flipped, you’ll be getting hot air only.
Check the outdoor breaker and see that it is in the right position.
It’s possible that this has flipped as result of a power surge in your home.
But it could also signal a problem with your unit, which you should get checked out by a professional.
You need adequate levels of coolant in your system to maintain steady cool air flow.
Sometimes, wear and tear on your air conditioner will damage joints in the fittings, and the refrigerant leaks out.
For this fix, you need a fluid top up and an air conditioning inspection to get to the root of the problem.
Has anyone in your home been fooling with your thermostat?
Make sure that it is set to cool and not to heat or auto. As fixes go, this one is the easiest!
Frozen Air Conditioner
It can be tempting to turn the thermostat down very low when you come home and are uncomfortably hot.
Unfortunately that can cause your AC to freeze, which will leave you very warm indeed.
To deal with this problem, you need to turn the AC off and wait for it to thaw.
Thawing your AC usually takes about 2 hours.
Once that is done, you should be able to turn it back on and have cool air blowing again.
To avoid repeating this problem, hold the thermostat steady at 72°F always.
Dirty Air Filter
Are you in the habit of changing your air filter every month? If not, you should start. A dirty air filter will impede air flow.
This not only makes it hard to your unit to cool properly, you end up wasting energy and jacking up your bills.