Proper air conditioning for a home is about more than having a cooling system that blows out a sufficient quantity of cold air. That conditioned air must receive even distribution throughout the house via the ventilation system. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a house where some rooms are comfortable, while others are uncomfortably hot.
Have you discovered a room in your house that feels much warmer than the others? The problem could come from bad insulation or air leaks around windows. But this “hot room” might also be a warning that there’s something wrong with the air conditioner. We’ll look at a few of the possibilities.
The air conditioner is short-cycling
Short-cycling is when the compressor of an air conditioner turns one for only a brief time, failing to complete its cooling cycle. It then turns back on a short time later, only to again shut down early. This start-and-stop operation is a drain on energy and wears the system down rapidly. It also prevents some rooms from receiving cooling because the air conditioner isn’t running long enough to get cool air to them. There are multiple sources for this problem, such as an oversized AC, leaking refrigerant, dirt along the coils, or a broken thermostat. Call HVAC repair technicians to look into the problem and solve it.
The air filter is clogged
The filter on the HVAC cabinet needs to receive routine changing, every 1 to 3 months, or it will choke off airflow. Rooms farther away from the AC cabinet are likely to receive less cooling as a result.
The air conditioner is too old
When hot spots start to appear in a home, it’s a strong warning signs that the air conditioner is starting to lose its general cooling power all together. If you have a system that is more than 15 years old, contact HVAC installers to help you decide on putting in a replacement.