What to do When Your AC Isn’t Getting Cold

05.25.21

Is your air conditioner not cooling your home down to your desired temperature, or is it taking a very long time to get cool? Before calling Stuart Pro, try these troubleshooting tips.

Check Your Circuit Breaker 

Most air conditioners have two circuit breakers: one connected to the inside unit and one to the outside unit. If your outdoor unit’s circuit breaker has tripped, the indoor unit will still blow air into your home, but it will be warm air.

Solution: Check to see if the outdoor unit’s breaker has tripped and if it has, switch it on. If the breaker trips multiple times, don’t reset it. There is likely a more significant electrical issue that needs to be addressed by a trained professional.

Check That Your Thermostat is Switched to ‘Auto’

If your thermostat switch is set to ON, the blower will constantly run, even when your system isn’t cooling your home, which means warm air blowing from your vents.

Solution: Switch your thermostat to AUTO so that only cool air blows from your vents.

Check Your Air Filter

A dirty, clogged air filter can seriously impact your AC’s ability to cool your home because it restricts airflow in your system.

Solution: Replace your air filter monthly. If you have asthma, seasonal allergies, or other breathing ailments, change the filter even more frequently.

Check Your Outdoor Unit

If your outdoor unit is dirty and/or covered in plant debris, it cannot cool your home correctly.

Solution: Remove all debris from the outdoor unit and rake away any debris in the vicinity. Then, spray the condenser fins with a garden hose using a gentle setting.

Checked all of the above, and your AC still isn’t cooling? Give Stuart Pro a call! We’ll have you cool and comfortable again in no time.