Your Guide To Determining The Issue When Your Air Conditioner Isn't Providing Cool Air As It Did Previously

When the elderly live alone, their children worry about their HVAC systems, especially in extreme weather. Find ways a contractor can help your loved one here.

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Keeping Grandma Warm This Winter

Growing up, I practically lived at my maternal grandparents’ home. I ate most of my meals at this cozy, brick house in the country. My grandmother spoiled me when I was young. Every weekend, she took me shopping with her. And, I usually came home with something new. My grandfather played catch and checkers with me often. He was always a wonderful listener as well. Sadly, my grandpa passed away right before my thirteenth birthday. My grandma still lives in the house she shared with my granddad. During the winter, she used to build fires in her fireplace. However she relies exclusively on her central heating and air conditioning unit now. On this blog, I hope you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can help keep your elderly loved ones warm this winter.


Your Guide To Determining The Issue When Your Air Conditioner Isn't Providing Cool Air As It Did Previously

24 May 2017
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As summer inches nearer and the days get warmer, the use of a central air conditioner is an increasingly necessary event. In fact, a functioning air conditioner can be credited with saving the lives and health of many senior citizens, children, and people with existing health challenges. Therefore, when the air conditioner quits working or doesn't work as well as it did recently, it is important to have a basic understanding of common causes of a leak within the system and other concerns. The below facts will provide you with that information. 

Identifying The Possible Cause Of Your Issue

If your daily habit is to come into your home, change clothes, and get comfortable, entering your home that is much too hot can obviously be both problematic and frustrating. However, it does happen and those symptoms are often the sign of a Freon leak within the system. It's often surprising to note that the warm air is one symptom of a Freon leak and may indicate damage to the air conditioner. 

Alternatively, the issue might be due to diminished air flow due to a dirty filter, an impaired blower motor, or a contaminated evaporator coil. Only your central air conditioner repair expert will be able to properly diagnose the cause of your problem.  

Understanding Why The Home Is Warmer Than It Should Be And Cooled Air Isn't Available

Simply put, the Freon in the system does not wear away on its own or evaporate unless there is damage somewhere in the system that permits the chemical to escape. If Freon is leaking from the central air conditioner, your HVAC technician will need to perform a series of tests to find where the leak is and its severity. If someone just pours more Freon into the air conditioner, that substance will eventually leak out as well.

Your home will stay uncomfortably warm and the air conditioning coil might freeze up. Between the time that the new Freon was added and when it eventually leaks out, it's possible that the leak could worsen, raising your repair costs. That means that you should​d have the unit inspected and repaired by an HVAC expert as soon as possible in order to minimize the expenses and discomfort associated with an impaired central air conditioner.     

When You Spot Water Leaks Near the Furnace, Even If You Were Not Home When The Issue Occurred 

Another issue to watch for can manifest if you were not home when the unit began to freeze up and only came home when the weather outside is cooler. Specifically, if it froze up because the air conditioner was running with increasingly less adequate amounts of Freon and the temperature outside decreased, that ice will melt away from the fair conditioner and you might see a puddle near it.

Since that pooled water can damage the furnace, its components and connections, that water can quickly become a huge problem. The problem can worsen quickly if it comes into contact with electricity. If you have that issue, it's best to turn off all the electrical power to the unit and nearby, then have an HVAC technician come as soon as possible to fix the issue. Keep the electricity off until the issue is addressed and make sure everyone in your home knows that the air conditioner can no longer be safely used.    

In conclusion, leaks in your central air conditioner can present in a myriad of ways, with some leaks being more serious and expensive to repair than others. As a result, when the unit is not cooling as well as you hope or if you suspect that a leak has occurred, you're likely to find the information to be very useful.