Air Conditioner Not Keeping Up?

Welcome back to the Absolute Comfort blog, where we strive to keep your indoor spaces cozy and your HVAC systems performing at their best. As the temperature rises, we understand how crucial it is to have a reliable cooling system in your home or office. But what do you do when your HVAC doesn’t seem to keep up with the scorching heat outside? Don’t sweat it; we’ve got you covered! Here are some practical steps to take when your HVAC system is struggling to beat the heat:

1. Check Your Thermostat Settings:

   The first thing to do is verify your thermostat settings. Ensure it is set to “cool” mode and that the temperature setting is lower than the current indoor temperature. Sometimes, the issue might be as simple as an incorrect setting.

2. Clean or Replace Air Filters:

   Clogged or dirty air filters can significantly impede airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and less efficiently. Check your filters and clean or replace them regularly. We recommend doing this every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and your usage.

3. Examine Air Vents and Registers:

   Observe all the air vents and registers in your home to see if they are obstructed by furniture, rugs, or other items. Ensure that the airflow is not restricted and that the vents are open to allow proper circulation.

4. Clear the Outdoor Unit:

   Your HVAC’s outdoor unit, the condenser, can accumulate debris like leaves, grass, and dirt. Make sure the area around the condenser is clear and free from obstructions. This allows the unit to expel heat more effectively and helps the system operate smoothly.

5. Don’t Set Your Thermostat Too Low:

   Setting your thermostat excessively low won’t cool your space faster; it only puts extra strain on your HVAC system. Be patient and set a reasonable temperature to allow your system to work efficiently.

6. Schedule Professional Maintenance:

   Regular maintenance is the key to a well-functioning HVAC system. Arrange for a professional inspection and tune-up at least once a year, ideally before the summer season begins. This ensures that any potential issues are addressed promptly and that your system is in peak condition.

7. Consider Insulation and Sealing:

   Proper insulation and sealing of your home help keep the cool air inside and prevent hot air from infiltrating. If your home is inadequately insulated, give us a call to explore your options.

8. Evaluate the Size of Your HVAC System:

   If your HVAC system consistently struggles to keep up with the cooling demands of your space, it might be undersized for the area it needs to cool. This is especially true if you have added living spaces without checking to see if your current system is adequately sized to heat and cool the new space. In these cases, give us a call to determine if your system needs an upgrade to match your cooling needs.

9. Avoid Heat-Generating Activities:

   During peak heat hours, try to avoid activities that generate extra heat, such as using the oven or running appliances that produce warmth. Opt for cooler alternatives or schedule these tasks for the cooler parts of the day.

10. Seek Professional Assistance:

    If you’ve tried these tips and your HVAC system is still struggling, it’s time to call in the experts. Our team at Absolute Comfort is here to help diagnose and resolve any HVAC issues you may be experiencing, ensuring your comfort all summer long.

Remember, a well-maintained HVAC system not only keeps you cool but also saves energy and reduces utility costs. Keep these tips in mind, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us whenever you need assistance. Stay cool, friends!

Your partners in comfort,

Absolute Comfort HVAC Team