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Why Won’t My AC Keep Up with the Heat?

Summer is now officially here… and so is the summer heat. The temperatures are rising into the high 80s now, and it will only grow hotter during July. Your house’s air conditioning system is going to be doing a great deal of work over the next few months. If it’s operating correctly (and it was properly sized when it was first installed) it shouldn’t experience any trouble delivering the household with comfortable temperatures.

But what if your AC isn’t competing well with the heat? If you’re finding that the cool air coming from your air conditioning system isn’t sufficient for comfort, or you’re discovering warm spots in the house where there shouldn’t be any, it’s time to contact professionals to see if what service will fix the problem.

Here are some possibilities behind a struggling AC:

  • The system is too old: If your AC is more than 15 years old, then it’s probably falling behind because it’s falling apart. The wear and tear on a system this old, no matter how well it’s been maintained over the years, is usually enough to cut into its effectiveness. Your technicians will tell you when the best choice is to replace the air conditioner.
  • The air filter is clogged: This is a common problem. People often forget that the filter protecting the interior of the HVAC system needs to be swapped out on a regular basis (every 1 to 3 months, depending on the filter type). A clogged filter will prevent sufficient flow of warm air over the evaporator coil, reducing the system’s ability to provide cooled air.
  • There are leaks in the ductwork: Here’s another frequent problem, and in this case it doesn’t have anything to do with the AC itself, but with the ventilation system. If the cooled air in the system is permitted to escape through leaks, the power of the AC to cool down the house will be severely impaired. Professionals can seal the ductwork to solve this problem.

Comfort Flow Heating offers air conditioning repair in Eugene, OR.

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