When it’s a warm summer afternoon in Albuquerque, nothing could be worse than recognizing your air conditioner isn’t working the way it is meant to. The last thing you should have to do is call for AC repair. But your air conditioner is a quite complicated system, so it can be almost impossible to figure out what’s triggering the issue solo.

That’s why I-Deal HVAC made this handbook to help you figure out what might be going on with your home comfort system. Here, you’ll discover some common explanations for why your house is feeling too warm. And even though some of these are simple] DIY activities, you could need to turn to a pro for cooling system repair.

And if you do, I-Deal HVAC is prepared to take care of your home. Here are five reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling your residence in Albuquerque.

1. Your Device Settings Are Wrong

Every family adjusts their thermostat a bit differently to suit their specific preferences. Even so, a lot of homeowners make the mistake of setting their system to “On” instead of “Auto.” With this setting, the fan in your AC will continue to push out air even once you’ve attained your set temperature.

This can feel like your AC is distributing warmish air, when actually it’s only utilizing the fan on a more regular basis than necessary. Trying changing this setting and work out if things cool off.

2. Your Cooling System Needs Some Cleaning

There are two main areas to look for dirt or dust buildup when your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be working as it should.

Firstly, check out your AC system’s filter. If you don’t switch your filter often enough, accumulated dirt can make it more difficult for air to flow through and cool your home. If your filter is visibly dirty or dusty, it’s likely time to replace it. (And in general, you need to switch it about once every three months at the very least.)

If your filter appears fine, head to your outside unit. Double check there’s adequate clearing around the unit and clear any plants or dirt stuck there. This part of your system discharges the heat from inside your house. If the coils outside are blocked, you won’t be feeling comfortable inside.

We recommend booking professional air conditioner maintenance each year to keep your equipment operating smoothly and to keep your warranty valid.

3. Your Unit is Losing Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the chemical that cools the air in your house. It cycles between your internal and outside units to grab and let off heat, to help your home remain cool. If there is a leak along that system, you won’t be feeling cool again until you schedule professional air conditioning repair.

Indications of a refrigerant leak include a decrease in conditioned air, higher electric expenses, frozen evaporator coils and strange hissing noises arising from your AC.

If you suspect refrigerant might be leaking, call I-Deal HVAC for system repair as soon as possible. Refrigerant can also be harmful to your family’s health.

4. One or More Parts Should Be Replaced

Your AC is made up of a a handful of important parts. These include the blower, evaporator coils, compressor, fan, condenser coils and expansion valve. If one of these is broken, your home comfort will suffer.

Our I-Deal HVAC pros are well-trained and skilled in all areas of HVAC. They can help you find and fix any trouble.

5. Your AC Needs to Be Updated

If your system is older than 10 years old, it could likely be a good time to research new air conditioner installation. As your system gets older, it unfortunately won’t work as well as it once did. And it could be making your home less comfortable.

If your air conditioner is on the younger side but still isn’t cutting it, it may be too small for your house. Air conditioners are not one-size-fits-all. An air conditioner that’s not powerful enough simply can’t chill a place the way a properly sized system can.

Make a More Comfortable House with I-Deal HVAC

You shouldn’t lose time this summer in an unpleasant house. When your AC isn’t functioning the way it should, rely on I-Deal HVAC. We’re experts in air conditioner repair. Contact us at 505-445-1250 now.