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Why is Your Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

If you have a Bay Area home with air conditioning, you probably have it running constantly this summer. Take steps to keep cool more efficiently. Plus, you want to avoid constant use because that can contribute to breakdowns and other issues. This is especially true if you don’t keep up with your AC maintenance. Some of these issues are difficult to detect without an air conditioner unit inspection. But you clearly have a problem if your unit starts blowing hot air!

Air Conditioners Blowing Hot Air Need Immediate Maintenance!

As with any problem in your home, it pays to know why your air conditioner might suddenly stop blowing cool air. Here are a few common HVAC issues and what you can do about them.

No Power to the AC unit

The first thing to check if you start feeling hot air blowing out of your vents is to check your home’s fuse box or circuit breakers. Your problem could be that your cooling system has lost power. This is an easy fix. Simply reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse, and your AC unit should work just fine.

Low Refrigerant in the Compressor

Refrigerant is necessary for air conditioning. Unfortunately, it can start to leak from your unit. If this is the case, your AC unit might not have enough refrigerant left to operate properly. Qualified HVAC installation specialists can repair the leak and recharge your refrigerant to get your system working properly.

A Dirty Coil in the AC unit

A dirty evaporator coil can cause problems, the most obvious of which is warm air being dispersed throughout your home. The most common cause of a dirty coil is a dirty air filter, so make sure to replace your filters regularly. In the meantime, contact an HVAC professional to clean any dirty coils to get cool air moving throughout your home again.

A Clogged Outdoor Unit

Outdoor AC units can get clogged by dirt and debris, so make sure the area immediately surrounding your outdoor AC unit is always clear. If you notice anything clogging the unit, simply clean it off. A regular air conditioner unit inspection will leave your unit clear at the time of inspection. But that won’t account for leaves and branches that might cause problems immediately after a severe storm.

A Malfunctioning Thermostat

Sometimes the problem lies not with your air conditioner, but with your thermostat. If you think your home is warmer than it should be, take a look at your thermostat to make sure it’s set properly.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Well with Regular Maintenance

Whether your air conditioner is blowing hot air or you are simply in need of a regular air conditioner unit inspection, contact Element Home Solutions to schedule a maintenance call today. We serve homes throughout Oakland, the East Bay area, and the surrounding areas, and we will be happy to take a look at your HVAC system and help keep it running throughout the summer and Fall.