My AC Is Running, but It’s Taking Forever to Cool Down the House

As summer temperatures rise, we rely heavily on our air conditioning. What do you do when your AC is running non-stop, but it seems your house is not cooling down as quickly as it should? Here are reasons why your AC may be struggling to cool your home, and provide practical troubleshooting tips to help you identify and resolve the issue.

Check Your Air Filters

Clogged or dirty air filters can significantly impact the performance of your air conditioning system. Over time, dust, pet dander, and other particles accumulate in the filters, restricting airflow and reducing cooling efficiency. It is essential to clean or replace your filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and optimal cooling performance.

Check the Thermostat Settings

Sometimes the problem lies in the thermostat settings rather than the AC unit itself. Check if your thermostat is set to the correct temperature and cooling mode. Ensure it is not set to “fan only” or a temperature too high for the cooling to kick in. If needed, calibrate the thermostat or consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that allows you to set specific temperature schedules.

Examine the Air Vents and Ductwork

Blocked or closed air vents can impede the airflow throughout your home, preventing cool air from reaching all the rooms effectively. Make sure that all vents are open and unobstructed by furniture, drapes, or other objects. Additionally, inspect your ductwork for any leaks or damage that might be causing air loss. Seal any visible leaks or consider contacting a professional to inspect and repair your ductwork.

Clear the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your AC system needs proper airflow to function efficiently. Check if debris, leaves, or overgrown vegetation obstruct the unit. Clear any debris around the unit and ensure at least two feet of clearance around it. Restricted airflow to the outdoor unit can strain the system and hinder its cooling capacity.

Evaluate the AC Unit Size

Your AC unit may be undersized for your home’s cooling needs. An improperly sized unit will struggle to cool the space adequately, resulting in prolonged cooling times. Consult an HVAC professional to assess your home’s cooling requirements and determine if your AC unit is appropriately sized. Consider upgrading to a more powerful unit to meet your cooling demands if necessary.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is vital to keep your AC system in optimal condition. Over time, components can wear out, refrigerant levels can deplete, and the system can accumulate dirt and debris, which can impact its performance. Schedule annual maintenance checks with All Temp Co., Inc to clean, inspect, and tune up your system, ensuring it operates at its best.

Call All Temp

When your AC is running but struggling to cool down your house, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable. All Temp Co., Inc Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing, & Electrical has provided trusted and reliable heating and cooling services to homeowners around Charlotte since 1983. Our team installs, maintains, and repairs heating and cooling systems, along with providing indoor air quality solutions, a full range of plumbing services, energy efficiency auditing and solutions, and wine cellar construction. Call to schedule your HVAC service appointment now.