You come in after spending a long afternoon doing work outside in the hot and sticky Florida heat only to discover that your house feels just as hot and uncomfortable as it does outside. How can that be possible? You know that you turned on the air conditioner so, why does it feel like your furnace is on instead? There are several different reasons why your air conditioner could be blowing hot air. Before you jump to schedule an air conditioning repair for your Gainesville home, check these things first:
Obstruction of Your Outside Unit
We know that you just came inside, but walk back outside and take a look at your air conditioning unit. Is there anything blocking the airflow or the condenser coils? Overgrown plants, dirt, and other debris that has the ability to obstruct the airflow or condenser coils significantly impacts your air conditioner’s cooling ability. If you find that this is the case, take a moment to clean the coils and remove the obstructions. This should be done regularly throughout the summer in order to ensure that your AC functions properly.
Low Refrigerant Levels
Usually, this is the reason why your air conditioner is blowing hot air. Your air conditioning unit needs refrigerant, which is usually Freon, in order to cool your home. A freon leak can leave your air conditioning blowing warm air. If your inside and outside AC units have ice on them, this is a good indication that you have a freon leak. This kind of repair is usually best left to the professionals.
Dirty Evaporator Coil
If your air conditioning unit is free from obstructions and there is no freon leak, then what else could be causing your unit to blow hot air? A dirty evaporator coil could be the culprit. Dirty air filters cause dirt and debris to build up on your evaporator coil, which prevents your air conditioner from providing cool air. While you can easily change the filter (and this should be done with some regularity), you will need a professional to clean your evaporator coil.
If you are having trouble with your air conditioning unit, please do not hesitate to call the team at North Central Florida Air Conditioning.