When it’s a searing summer afternoon in Marshalltown, nothing could be worse than registering your air conditioner isn’t working the way it is supposed to. The last thing you need to do is schedule air conditioner service. But your air conditioner is a quite intricate system, so it can be difficult to find out what’s causing the trouble without training.

That’s why B & G HVAC created this handbook to help you see what may be going on with your cooling system. Below, you’ll see a couple prevailing explanations for why your space is feeling a little unpleasant. And though a few of these are simple] DIY projects, you could still need to call in a professional for air conditioner repair.

And if that’s the case, B & G HVAC is ready to assist. Here are five reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling your home in Marshalltown.

1. Your System Settings Are Incorrect

Every home adjusts their thermostat a bit differently to match their distinct needs. Yet, many families make the error 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 when you’ve attained your preferred temperature.

This can look like your vents are pushing out warm air, when in reality it’s just using the fan on a more regular basis than necessary. Trying changing this setting and see if things change.

2. Your Home Comfort System Needs a Good Cleaning

There are two main areas to investigate for dirt or dust accumulation when your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be performing correctly.

Before anything else, take a look at your AC system’s filter. If you don’t swap out your filter often enough, built-up dust can make it more difficult for air to pass through and cool your space. If your filter is noticeably dirty or dusty, it’s likely time to replace it. (And for best operation, you need to change it about once every three months at least.)

If your filter is looking fine, move to your external unit. Make sure there’s a reasonable amount of room around the unit and clear any plants or dirt stuck there. This part of your system releases the heat from your home. If the coils outside are blocked, you won’t be feeling cool inside.

We suggest setting professional air conditioner maintenance yearly to keep your unit operating like it should and to keep your warranty valid.

3. Your Unit is Leaking Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the chemical that chills the air in your home. It cycles between your internal and outside system pieces to absorb and let off heat, to help your home keep comfortable. If there is a crack along that system, you won’t be feeling cool again until you schedule professional air conditioning repair.

Indications of a refrigerant leak include a drop in chilled air, higher electric expenses, frozen evaporator coils and strange hissing noises coming from your air conditioner.

If you suspect refrigerant could be leaking, call B & G HVAC for system repair as soon as possible. Refrigerant can also be hazardous to your family’s health.

4. One or More Elements Have to Be Replaced

Your system contains a couple crucial parts. These include the blower, evaporator coils, compressor, fan, condenser coils and expansion valve. If any one of these is failing, your home comfort suffers.

Our B & G HVAC experts are trained and skilled in all areas of HVAC. They can help you locate and fix any issue.

5. Your Whole System Should Be Replaced

If your system is more than 10 years old, it may be about time to research new air conditioner installation. As your system gets up there in years, it simply won’t work as well as it once did. And it may be making your space less comfortable.

If your HVAC unit is newer but still isn’t cutting it, it might be the wrong size for your home. AC units are not all the same size. An AC that’s not powerful enough absolutely can’t chill a space the way a correctly sized air conditioner can.

Make a More Comfortable Space with B & G HVAC

You shouldn’t lose time this summer in a hot house. When your AC isn’t functioning the way it should, rely on B & G HVAC. We’re skilled in HVAC repair. Contact us at 641-316-3360 now.