Why Isn't My Air Conditioning as Cold as It Used to Be?

Why Isn't My Air Conditioning as Cold as it Used to Be?

Is there anything better than coming inside from a hot, humid summer day and plopping down on the couch with a nice glass of lemonade, listening to the thrum of the air conditioner and feeling it circulate cool air all around you?

Feels good just thinking about it, right? Well, picture this instead: You come in from a hot, sunny day and sit down – only to find that your air conditioner is blasting warm air all over the place!

While that story may just sound like the makings of a midsummer’s nightmare, it’s actually an all-too-common experience for homeowners all around Chicago, whose A/Cs seem to lose steam as time goes on, becoming less cool overall or else causing temperatures to become inconsistent around the house.

Is this happening to you? Has your once-cold air become lukewarm – or worse? If your trusty air conditioning system is no longer cooling your home, the problem may just be…

1.) Leaking Ductwork

Like the pipes that carry water throughout your home’s plumbing system, your ducts – which help shuttle heated or cooled air to rooms across your home – can warp, crack, loosen, or break down over time.

When this happens, your system stops being able to function at optimum efficiency, which may translate into poor air flow and inconsistent temperatures around your house. If you’re noticing that some rooms seem to cool off much more easily than others, it may be time to bring in a professional to thoroughly inspect your ductwork for any damage or deficiencies.  

2.) A Dirty Filter

Most home experts recommend that you change the air filter in your home every 60 to 90 days; every air conditioner manufacturer will have different recommendations for their unique products.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you do regularly need to clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter, which tends to get clogged over time with dirt, debris, pollen, and dust, reducing the ability for cold air to travel through to your home. Performing this simple DIY job could do wonders for your comfort level!

3.) Lack of Refrigerant

A/C units rely on refrigerant – typically Freon – to function; over time, due to leaks and evaporation, this cooling material can disappear, leaving your system unable to condition air properly.

If you suspect that you’re low on refrigerant, it’s important to call in a professional! Not only will an HVAC pro be able to refill or replace your refrigerant, but he or she will also be ready to inspect your entire unit, allowing them to successfully diagnose and treat the source of your leak.

The best way to prevent a sudden warm-up due to lack of coolant? Have an HVAC pro come out to inspect and service your unit at least once a year! If you’re ready to get started, we’ve got some more information on setting up a regular inspection, here.

4.) A Problem With Your Condenser Coil

Over time, your condenser coils can cease to function as they should, as the result of any number of issues, ranging from dust accumulation to a blown fuse. You’ll want to make sure that you have an HVAC pro regularly inspect and maintain your condenser coils, to prevent any issues before they get the chance to arise.

The problem may also be one that you can manage the DIY way! If you notice an abundance of debris around your air conditioner unit – including dust buildup and vegetation – take care to clear it all away; over time, a buildup of debris or plant life can “choke” your unit, blocking airflow and preventing the condenser unit from functioning properly.

5.) The Age of Your System

Of course, sometimes the source of your problem may be more than skin deep! Like so many other parts of your home, A/C units can simply break down and go bad over time; if your unit is on the older side, it may be time to consult with a professional about upgrading your system.

The good news? These days, you may be able to make an environmentally-friendly upgrade at a very reasonable price! In addition to helping the planet, investing in a newer, greener air conditioner should actually allow you to save on your utility bills in the months and years ahead. It’s a win-win!

Ready to talk shop? Looking for a free estimate or service for your Chicago home’s HVAC systems today? Our team is here and ready to help! Drop us a line, day or night, to get started.