Yesterday afternoon we noticed that our air conditioning was having trouble keeping the house cool. My initial reaction was to clean the air filters, but that had no noticeable effect. I then noticed that the air coming out of the vents wasn’t particularly cool. Fortunately, it’s still cooling down nicely at night, so we were able to pop open a window and sleep comfortably. The other bit of good news is that the heat and air guys can make it out to our house this afternoon to take a look. The house is only about five and a half years old, so I’m hoping that it’s nothing major. Details to follow…
Air Conditioning Repairs
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Humidity is coming. Get that A/C fixed right away!
If you can, take the cover off of the indoor portion of the A/C to take a look at the coil. If it has iced up at all, you’ll want to turn the system fan on to keep air moving through, to melt any ice and dry it out. That’s thing number one to do whenever an A/C system loses effectiveness, as the more time the coil spends iced, the larger problems become.
We often shut down the A/C and use the windows and ceiling fans. But that doesn’t help when it’s too hot for that. We live in the South which can get *very* hot and humid, so the A/C also makes our house liveable by reducing the humidity. Moreover, I’m willing to pay for comfort. Our bills aren’t actually that high.
I hope that it is nothing major or costly, but I have a question. Why not shut the A/C down and use fans and open windows exclusively, especially at night? Your energy savings would be enormous.
I had the exact problem with my A/C a couple of weeks ago. My house is about 2 years old. Filters looked fine. It was a refrigerant leak at the outdoor unit. Low refrigerant pressure. The technician can come out and use a freon “sniffer” to find where the leak is coming from, then replace that component. It shouldn’t be too terribly expensive. Fortunately I was barely still under warranty.