One minute, your air conditioner is blowing crisp, cool air and the next minute, disgustingly hot air. It’s not a welcomed feeling for anyone especially for South Florida residents who experience summer-like conditions all year long. Yes, it’s uncomfortable and outright frustrating when the inside of your home begins to feel hotter than the external temperatures you are trying to escape. However, help is here! The experts at Action Cooling & Heating in Fort Meyers, Florida share with you 3 common reasons why your air conditioner has decided to start acting like a furnace.
One reason that air conditioners begin to blow hot air is because the outside unit clogged. Your inside and outside unit work in conjunction to remove heat from your home. However, when one is clogged (most commonly your outdoor unit), the entire system begins to malfunction. The outdoor unit needs unrestricted air flow in order to operate properly. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can be counterproductive to the efficiency of your unit, ultimately causing it to blow hot air.
Additionally, loss of power or electricity to your outside unit can cause your air conditioner to blow hot air as well. Whether it’s a circuit trip, blown fuse, or a switch cut off, your outside unit is not getting enough power to operate properly. When the outside unit is not functioning, but the inside unit is functioning, that can cause hot air to blow throughout your home.
A final issue that is more common than not is the incorrect setting on your thermostat. Many of Action Cooling & Heating’s professionals have been called out to fix a hot air issue when in fact, it was nothing more than the incorrect settings on the thermostat. Sometimes, it’s possible for your unit to switch settings without your knowledge, and this happens more than you would think. Make sure your thermostat is not set to “heat” or the fan set to “on”.
Properly functioning air conditioners are essential to keeping you cool in the heat of the summer. While some issues can be addressed on your own (fixing the thermostat, clearing out debris), others require the expertise of an HVAC professional. For more information, be sure to contact your Action Cooling & Heating of Fort Meyers, Florida.