“Help! My AC Isn’t Blowing Cold Air”

Air Conditioning

5 Things To Do When Your AC Isn’t Blowing Cold Air

As the weather gets hot, your air conditioner becomes an essential part of your home. At Patriot, we understand that when your AC unit stops blowing cold air, it can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and in some cases, even dangerous. Today we’re talking about troubleshooting your AC when it’s on the fritz. We’ll give you a few tips that you can take, before making a repair call.

Check The Thermostat


The first step in troubleshooting an AC unit that is not blowing cold air is to check the thermostat. Ensure that the thermostat is set to the cooling function and that the temperature is set lower than the current room temperature. Confirm that the fan is set to “auto” mode rather than “on.” If the fan is continually running, it may prevent the air from cooling before circulating it.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter


A dirty or clogged air filter can restrict airflow in your AC unit, leading to poor cooling performance. Start by turning off the system and locate the air filter. If it appears dirty or clogged, remove it and clean it if it is reusable. Otherwise, replace it with a new filter. Regularly cleaning or replacing your air filter is essential to maintain efficient airflow and ensure your AC works optimally.

Inspect the Outdoor Unit


The outdoor unit of your AC system can accumulate debris, such as leaves or dirt, which can obstruct airflow and hinder cooling. Take a moment to visually inspect the unit and remove any obstructions. Clear away any debris and ensure the fans are spinning correctly. If you notice that the fans are not working, it might indicate a more severe issue that requires professional assistance.

Clean the Condenser Coils


Over time, the condenser coils in your AC unit can accumulate dirt and dust, impeding heat transfer and preventing your unit from blowing cold air. Inspect the coils for any buildup and carefully clean them using a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner. Take care not to damage the delicate fins of the coils. Cleaning the condenser coils will improve their performance and allow your AC to cool the air effectively.

Call a Professional


Nothing’s working? It’s probably time to give Patriot Plumbing Heating and Air a call. We have decades of experience and expertise to diagnose and repair complex AC problems, and to finally get you the relief you need in the hot summer months.

Whether it’s your home or your office, we want you and the people you care about to be comfortable. When you have HVAC issues, Patriot Plumbing Heating and Air is here to help. Get in touch today!