Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air? A Quick Guide
Your heater is meant to blow hot air into the home. When your AC starts to do it, it becomes a problem.
Hot air blowing from the air conditioning unit is a definite problem that can throw a serious wrench in your summer plans.
When you call for professional AC repair to solve a hot air issue, our experienced technicians will check the following issues to rule out first:
Is the AC Unit Frozen?
Did you know that AC systems require a clean environment to work efficiently?
Dust and debris contaminate the interior of the unit, causing numerous issues including freezing.
The most common component susceptible to this problem is the evaporator coil.
The coil works to cool and condense the returning air coming from the system.
If the coil becomes contaminated with dirt or debris, it will freeze and stop working.
Signs of a frozen evaporator coil include hot air coming from the registers, increased humidity in your home, and a loud condenser unit that is overcompensating for the broken coil.
Is the Refrigerant Leaking?
Leaking refrigerant is a common issue that is often easily solved.
While many homeowners will simply try to add more refrigerant and forget about it, we recommend checking the system first to find out the source of the leak.
There are numerous issues that cause refrigerant leaks. Some of the most common include:
- Manufacturer’s defects.
- Accidents from past repairs or service.
- Incorrect installation resulting in a pinched tube or cable.
As soon as we identify the problem and fix the underlying issue, we will add more refrigerant to get your AC working normally again.
Are You Constantly Tripping the AC Breaker?
Your air conditioning system is connected to the electrical breaker. The breaker is designed to control the flow of electricity in your home and make sure that everything is operating safely.
If the breaker becomes overloaded with too much electricity, a breaker will trip.
If you see that the switch is in the off position, just flip it back to the on position and it should be fixed.
But if the AC breaker is always blowing or tripping, you know there is a serious problem afoot.
Most commonly, the issue relating to tripping AC breakers is having an air conditioner that is using too many amps.
There are several reasons why this may occur, but these are the more common:
- The AC is straining to work efficiently, using more electricity than usual due to frozen coils, dirty air filters, or low refrigerant.
- The AC was not installed correctly, and the breaker panel is not properly equipped to handle the electrical needs of the device.