One room in your home is perfectly comfortable, another is too hot, and another is freezing cold. You know your central air conditioner is not cooling your home evenly, but you’re not sure why.
There are, however, several simple steps you can follow to see if you can get your air conditioner to work properly on your own. If these don’t work, however, call 888-628-5890, and the HVAC specialists at Ambient Edge can perform an air conditioning evaluation and make repairs.
DIY Air Conditioner Repair Checklist
Grab your flashlight and a small ladder and get ready to check around your home. You might just find the source of your uneven air conditioning issue.
Check the Air Filter
If your HVAC air filter hasn’t been changed in a while, the accumulated dirt, dust, and debris could be decreasing airflow. Simply changing your air filter may clean the slate and allow cool air to circulate properly through your home.
Check the Windows
If any windows in your home are open, they are almost certainly allowing hot air inside your house while cool air is flowing out. Close the windows and it may solve your uneven cooling issue.
Check the Air Vents
If one particular room is too cold, try closing one or more air vents in the room. However, if one area in your home is colder than another area, do not close all the air vents in that one area — that could build up pressure in the system and actually make the problem worse.
If one room is too hot, be sure all the air vents in the room are open and unobstructed.
If any vents in your home are coated with dirt or dust, give them a good cleaning with a vacuum. Likewise, if there are any boxes, furniture, or other obstacles in front of vents, move them so proper air circulation can be maintained.
Check the Fan Switch
If your thermostat is set to Auto, try switching it to On. The Auto setting allows the system to automatically fire up and shut down cooling capabilities. The On setting allows your fan to remain on and circulating air throughout your home consistently. Even after the air conditioner shuts off, your fan will still distribute that cool air.
If this does not make your home more comfortable in all areas, there are a few additional items you can check.
Check the Air Ducts
Your air conditioning is only as good as the ducts allowing the cool air to fully circulate through your home. If any ducts are damaged, it can make a big difference in the air temperature in your house. In fact, you can lose up to 30 percent of cool air to misconnected or leaky ducts, according to the EnergyStar program.
The full network of ductwork in your home is likely not easily visible, as many ducts are located throughout ceilings, walls, and floors. However, try to do a visual inspection of the ducts you can see. If you see any tears, leaks, holes, or full or partial disconnections, it’s time to call Ambient Edge.
Check the Attic Insulation
A properly sealed and insulated attic will keep cool air indoors and hot air outdoors. But holes and leaks in the attic or matted down or not enough insulation are good ways to escort air-conditioned air directly outside of your house.
Once you safely gain access to your attic, use a ruler to check the thickness of the insulation. Depending on where in the country you live, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends between 12 and 18 inches of insulation.
If you don’t have that minimum recommended amount or if you see spaces in your attic that have uneven insulation or lack insulation, call the insulation specialists at Ambient Edge.
When to Call in the Professionals
If you have checked all of the above and your air conditioning is still not cooling evenly, it’s time to call in the Ambient Edge technicians.
Any number of issues could be causing your unbalanced cooling problem. From minor or major repairs to a system that is too small or large for your home, we can pinpoint the issue and make recommendations for solutions. We’ll look at your air conditioning unit, the layout and zones of your home, your vents, ductwork, insulation, and more.
Schedule Your Air Conditioning Repair Today
Call 888-628-5890 to schedule your air conditioning evaluation and repair. Our certified technicians have in-depth knowledge of all models and types of HVAC units. We offer 24-hour emergency service, when necessary, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can count on us to get your air conditioner fully cooling your entire home as soon as possible.