The point of an air conditioner is to, well, cool your home. This is especially important during intense Northern California summers. So why is it that sometimes when you turn your AC on, you find that it’s blowing warm or hot air? The answer could lie in a number of issues, from a miscommunication between devices to a lack of cleaning. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly cause for AC repair. In today’s blog, let’s break down…
#1 – Thermostat is Set to Heat
Have you ever asked for help on a computer issue and been told, “Try turning it off and on again?” It seems like a simple solution, but sometimes the simple solution is exactly what you need. The same applies to your air conditioner. Before you panic, check your thermostat. There’s a chance that it may be set to “heat,” so it’s not communicating to your air conditioner to blow in conditioned air.
#2 – Airflow is Blocked
If it’s not the thermostat, one common cause is a blocked airflow due to dust or dirt. When was the last time you replaced your air filters? It could be that they’ve become clogged over time and thus are no longer able to filter air through your system into your home. If you haven’t had a tune-up in some time, the coils of your air conditioner could be dirty, which could also slow down the process of conditioning the air.
#3 – Low Refrigerant
If you haven’t had AC repair or a tune-up recently, it could be that the air conditioner is also low on refrigerant. Refrigerant is used to cool the air that’s blown into the air conditioner from outside, before releasing it into the vents and throughout your home. If the refrigerant is low, your AC is less able to cool the air that runs through it, which means that you may have hot air blowing through your unit.
#4 – Issues With Electricity
It could be an issue with your electricity. If a fuse was blown, it could be that the indoor parts of your air conditioning function just fine but that the electricity isn’t transferring to your outdoor unit. Take a look at your breaker as well as your outdoor unit to make sure that it’s running as it should be.
If you have hot air blowing out of your AC in Northern California, don’t be afraid to schedule AC repair. Contact Service Champions today for more information or for AC repair service. Our technicians are on-call 24/7.