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Is Your AC Working, But Not Working Well Enough?


It makes sense that if you have a central air conditioning system, it will lower the temperature in your house to a comfortable one whenever the outdoor heat starts to rise. That’s why you have an air conditioner.

So if your air conditioning system is running and pushing out cool air from the vents, but your home still feels too hot or there are rooms that are much hotter than the rest of the house, it’s a problem you’ll want fixed. You can rely on our expert service for air conditioning repair in New Orleans, LA when you’ve got an AC that’s falling down on the job.

Below, we’ll look at some common causes for an underperforming AC.

The air conditioning system is too small for your house

If this is a newly installed air conditioner going through its first summer, the problem may be that whoever installed it failed to go through the steps to size it accurately. An AC needs to have enough power to cool a house: if a home requires 8 tons of cooling, putting in a 5-ton capacity AC won’t do the job. The only solution to this problem is to hire professionals to replace the AC and size it accurately. 

The thermostat is misreading indoor temperatures

A thermostat can become miscalibrated so it reads false indoor temperatures. When this happens, you’re setting on the thermostat won’t give you the right results. When the thermostat registers the house as cooler than it is, it will turn the AC off early and leave the house too hot. Repair pros can recalibrate the thermostat so it makes the AC work the way you want it to.

You need to change the AC’s blower filter for a clean one

After one to three months of work, the blower filter for your air conditioner will catch enough dust, lint, and other debris that it will block airflow. Less airflow means a lower volume of air that the system cools. Dirty air filters can cause numerous problems, so change out the filter and make sure to keep up a regular schedule of filter changes in the future.

The air ducts have leaks

The air conditioning system may be pushing out the right volume of cool air, but some of that cooled air is escaping through leaks in the ductwork. Up to 30% of the conditioned air can disappear this way, which wastes energy and means rooms don’t get enough cooling. You can’t do a DIY fix for the ducts: this job requires professionals to test the ductwork and use special equipment to restore an airtight seal. 

The AC is coming to the end of its service life

Dropping cooling capacity in an older air conditioner (more than 10 years) often indicates the system is coming to the end of its useful life. Although repair may be able to restore cooling power, most repairs are simply patch-ups at this point that won’t last long. Talk to your air conditioning specialists and ask if it’s better to have the unit replaced rather than to continue to pay for expensive repairs. 

Natal’s Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical offer “Service Honoring the Golden Rule”! Schedule service today for great AC performance.

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