When it’s a hot summer afternoon in Bartlesville, nothing feels worse than realizing your home comfort system isn’t operating the way it should. The last thing you need to do is call for AC service. But your HVAC is a pretty complex system, so it can be almost impossible to determine what’s causing the trouble on your own.

That’s why Farris Heating & Air made this informational guide to help you figure out what might be going on with your AC. Below, you’ll see a few common situtations that explain why your space is feeling uncomfortable. And while a few of these are straightforward] DIY activities, you could have to bring in a professional for HVAC repair.

And if you need us, Farris Heating & Air is here for you. Here are five reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling your house in Bartlesville.

1. Your Device Settings Could Be Wrong

Every home sets their thermostat a bit differently to work with their personal needs. Even so, a lot of families make the error of setting their thermostat to “On” instead of “Auto.” Because of this setting, the fan in your air conditioner will continue to blow even after you’ve achieved your preferred temperature.

This can feel like your AC is pushing out warmish air, when in reality it’s just utilizing the fan more often than needed. Try switching this setting and work out if things seem better.

2. Your System Needs Some Cleaning

There are two central spaces to check for dirt or dust accrual when your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be working well.

Before anything else, take a look at your AC system’s filter. If you don’t change your filter on a regular basis, buildup can make it hard for air to flow through and cool down your house. If your filter is noticeably dirty or dusty, it’s likely time to replace it. (And for best operation, you have to replace it about once every three months at least.)

If your filter seems clean, move to your outdoor unit. Double check there’s a reasonable amount of space around it and clear away plants or litter close by. This part of your system lets off the heat from within your space. If the coils outside are congested, you won’t be comfortable inside.

We recommend booking professional air conditioner maintenance each year to keep your unit running like it should and to keep your warranty valid.

3. Your System is Leaking Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the substance that cools the air in your space. It runs between your indoor and outside units to absorb and release heat, to help your space stay the right temperature. If there is a crack along the way, you won’t be feeling cool again until you set professional air conditioning repair.

Indications of a refrigerant leak include a decline in conditioned air, more expensive electric charges, frozen evaporator coils and odd hissing noises originating from your system.

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

4. One or More Elements Should Be Replaced

Your AC is made up of a couple important parts. 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 suffers.

Our Farris Heating & Air pros are certified and knowledged in HVAC. They can help you diagnose and fix any trouble.

5. Your System Should Be Upgraded

If your system is older than 10 years old, it could likely be about time to look into new air conditioner installation. As your system gets up there in years, it simply won’t work as well as it has in the past. And it could be making your house too warm.

If your air conditioner is more current but still isn’t cutting it, it could be the wrong size for your house. HVAC systems are not all the same size. An AC that’s not powerful enough absolutely can’t help a home the way a properly sized HVAC can.

Get a More Comfortable Home with Farris Heating & Air

You won’t have to blow time this summer in a hot space. When your AC isn’t operating the way it should, lean on Farris Heating & Air. We’re skilled in air conditioner repair. Contact us at 918-333-0376 now.