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Your AC Can’t Keep Up with the Heat? This Might Be the Reason

Posted on: June 20, 2016

The summer temperatures have arrived, and we can expect to see the outdoor thermometers continue to rise higher into the red as we press on into July. The air conditioning system in your home is probably already getting a good workout from handling the heat and humidity. But is it actually getting the job done that it’s supposed to? If you’ve noticed that the AC is struggling to lower the temperature indoors to the comfort range that you’re accustomed to, there may be a serious problem with the system that will require professional HVAC technicians to remedy.

Some possibilities for why your AC is fighting an uphill battle

  • The air filter is clogged: This is something you should always check on first when you notice a dip in air conditioning performance. The HVAC system air filter will severely reduce cooling if it’s heavily congested with debris. Remember to regularly change the filter (every 1 to 3 months) to prevent this from occurring.
  • The ductwork is leaking air: Damaged ductwork will allow cool air to escape from the ducts, and this will lead to a rise in the temperature in the ventilation system. If you notice a musty smell from the air coming out of the vents, duct leaks may be responsible. Call for professional duct sealing services.
  • The AC has lost refrigerant: When a leak opens along the copper refrigerant lines of an AC (this happens more often than you may think) the loss of chemical refrigerant will cause the system to lose cooling power. Unless the leaks are fixed and the refrigerant restored to its original level, the air conditioner will eventually suffer a complete failure.
  • The system is too old: If you have an air conditioner that is more than 15 years old, the problem may simply be that it’s too aged to continue to function as well as it once did. Arrange to have the air conditioner replaced.

For the air conditioning services you need in Durham, NC, call on Bud Matthews Services!

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