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Reasons You May Have Uneven Cooling

flushed-man-in-front-of-fanIs your air conditioning system running, but isn’t spread cooling around the house the way it should? Uneven cooling like this is a common trouble people encounter with ACs. There are many different possible causes, ranging from small glitches to serious problems that require installing a new air conditioner. Below we’re going to examine a few of the possible sources for an air conditioner that isn’t giving you even cooling this summer.

Blocked room vents

Before you jump to any conclusions about a room that’s hotter than normal, make sure all the room vents are unobstructed. Over winter, furniture may have been moved that blocked off one or more vents. Make sure they’re clear so cool air can reach the space and circulate.

Clogged air filter

A clogged air filter in the HVAC cabinet is the source of numerous troubles with keeping a home cool, so we always recommend checking on the filter first when something seems wrong with the AC. That includes uneven cooling. If airflow into the air conditioner is getting throttled because of the filter, less air will get to the various rooms. We recommend changing the filter every 1 to 3 months to prevent this.

Trouble with the ductwork

It’s easy to forget about the important role of the ducts in distributing conditioned air around a house. If the ducts have air leaks in them, the cooled air will escape and raise the temperature of the air heading toward the vents. You can’t seal up these leaks on your own. In fact, it’s often difficult to even locate where they are. HVAC professionals can test and seal the ductwork so it evenly distributes air from the AC (as well as the heater).

An over-the-hill AC

Uneven cooling is sometimes a warning sign that your air conditioner is coming to the end of its service life and it is no longer able to deliver the comfort it once could. Check on the system’s age: if it’s more than 15 years, it’s past due for a replacement. Even a system more than 10 years old might be ready to retire. Before you make a choice, however, call for professionals. There may still be cost-effective repairs that will keep the AC going for a few more years.

An inadequately sized AC

If this is the first summer season you’ve used your air conditioner, uneven cooling may be a bad sign that the AC was poorly installed. If amateurs handled the system installation, it might be underpowered and unable to deliver the cooling load necessary for your house. This is one of the many reasons to only work with licensed HVAC experts to install an air conditioner. The experts will perform a load calculation for the house to ensure they install an AC that can match the building’s cooling requirements. If you have a poorly sized AC, get licensed technicians to replace it.

When you’re looking for quality air conditioning service in Roseburg, OR, or elsewhere in the state, Comfort Flow Heating is the reliable contractor to call. We’ll determine why you aren’t receiving the cooling you want and fix the problem.

Rescue your faulty AC—ASAP—when you call on Comfort Flow Heating. Serving all of Oregon.

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