Are you wondering why your The Woodlands TX central air not cooling? There are many possible causes. However, some fixes are simple, and you can try them yourself.
Of course, if you’re unable to get your AC unit to cool, feel free to call the experts at Go Admiral of The Woodlands at (281) 876-9400. We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, we take emergency appointments so we can get your central AC system back up and running.
Why is my air conditioning system not blowing cool air?
There are both simple and complex reasons why your unit isn’t giving you a cool breeze. Here are some fixes you can try, as well as some other explanations that are best left to a professional.
Simple Fixes for The Woodlands TX Central Air Not Cooling
1. Double-check your thermostat
We know this is probably not the reason you’re burning up, but it occasionally happens. Someone changed the thermostat without letting you know.
So, just to be absolutely positive, make sure your thermostat is, in fact, set to Cool and, if applicable, Auto. If your thermostat is on the Fan setting, it won’t be blowing cold air your way.
2. Make sure your HVAC filters and grills are clean
Clean air filters and grills allow your AC system to easily push air through your ducts. If your air filters are dirty, they will slow down or even prevent airflow. In addition, dirt, dust, and hair will build up on the grill (which is the piece of metal that secures the filter to the ceiling).
The lifespan of an air filter varies, but it’s typically between 30 days and 6 months. While the packaging can give you an idea of when you should replace your air filter, your home environment plays a big role, too. For example, if you have pets or suffer from allergies, you may need to change the filter more often.
While it doesn’t happen often, your filters can technically become dirty enough to considerably slow or completely block airflow. This could then lead to your AC system completely shutting down. At that point, it’d be time to call a pro.
3. Clean the condenser coils
Most AC units in The Woodlands, TX, have an outdoor condenser unit. The sides of the outdoor condenser are made of the outdoor coil, which is made of thin, tightly spaced metal “fins.” The condenser unit sucks in outside air through the outdoor coil.
Because the outdoor coil is exposed, dirt and debris can sometimes clog up the coil. If air can’t pass through the outdoor coil, your AC system won’t be able to push hot air out of your home.
Thankfully, if the coil is clogged, the solution is simple. You can use a hose–but not a power washer!–to remove dirt and debris from the fins. Alternatively, you could use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to clean the fins.
More Complicated Reasons You’re Not Getting a Cool Breeze
If you’ve tried checking the thermostat, air filters, and condenser coil, but you’re still not getting cool air, you may have a more complex issue. Below are some possible explanations. However, unless you’re an HVAC guru, these are best left to a professional.
1. Your evaporator coil is frozen
When your HVAC system sucks in hot air, it pushes it over the evaporator coils, which are located in the indoor portion of the unit. (In The Woodlands, TX, your indoor component is almost certainly in your attic.) As the air passes through the coils, the evaporator coils make the air cooler by removing the heat and humidity.
There are many reasons why evaporator coils freeze. However, the result is always the same: you won’t be getting cold air anytime soon. Signs that your evaporator coils have frozen include frost on the copper tubing that sits next to and enters the coil cabinet, poor cooling, high electric bills, and excessive water in your condensate pan.
2. There’s a refrigerant leak
Refrigerant also plays a huge role in removing heat and humidity from your home. If the refrigerant is leaking, your unit may run for long periods without adequately cooling your home. It’s also possible that the leak will damage the compressor or completely shut down your system.
3. Your AC unit is the wrong size
Choosing the correct size HVAC unit is critical. An undersized unit can make your electric bill skyrocket and leave you sweating. Alternatively, an oversized unit cycles too quickly, resulting in damaged parts.
If you’re unsure whether your AC unit is the proper size, we can help. Our certified technicians have experience with all brands and can calculate the appropriate size air conditioner for your home.
Go Admiral has been providing commercial and residential HVAC services to The Woodlands and surrounding areas since 1990. We offer comprehensive cooling and heating services, including repairs, replacements, installations, air quality checks, tune-ups, and more.
At Houston Admiral of The Woodlands, we know emergencies happen. That’s why we’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your The Woodlands TX central air not cooling, give us a call or schedule an appointment online now.
Whether you need a basic air conditioning repair or a complete cooling system replacement, our technicians at Go Admiral can keep you cool all year long. We provide quality AC repairs and tune-ups, and we back our air conditioning installation with a lifetime warranty.
Our technicians provide quality heating system services. Be it a broken heat pump, furnace, or boiler, we’ve got you covered. Need help with solar or electrical heating? We can tackle that, too.
Is it time for your AC tune-up? Performing seasonal maintenance can prevent more than 80% of HVAC repairs. Experts recommend getting your system serviced twice a year, once in the fall and spring.
If you’re behind on your seasonal check-ups, we can help get you back on track with one of our convenient service contracts. We’ll call you when it’s time to schedule a tune-up.
Save Time and Call Us Today
We know you have far better things to do than figure out why you’re AC is not cooling. Let the experts at Go Admiral of The Woodlands lighten your load. When you need help with The Woodlands TX central air not cooling, we hope you’ll give us a call.
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