As the Houston summer ramps up into its hottest months in the near future, it remains as imperative as ever – if not even more so – that your air conditioner remains in tip-top shape to help you beat the heat every day.

However, our machines do not always like to cooperate with us, so it’s inevitable that some problems will crop up, such as the air conditioner not cooling air the way it is designed to do. There are a number of ways this can come about, but none of them are anything that one of the team members at Flex Heating and Air cannot fix upon a simple consultation.

In this blog post, we will detail several reasons why this potential problem may occur. If you have any questions about any of them, our team at Flex Heating and Air are ready and waiting on your call to help however we can.

1. The unit is set to “On” instead of “Auto”

This may be something that not many of us even think about, but it’s one that is more common than you might think, as many of us are far from being experts on air conditioning units beyond its initial specs. Simply put, having the unit always turned to the “on” position means that the fan is on, even if the air is not being cooled.

Such an occurrence can lead to warm air being circulated, having the opposite of the unit’s attempted and desired purpose within your home. And if you’re not sure how to check it, an expert from Flex Heating and Air can come to you and make sure it’s running properly.

2. Air conditioner not cooling? Check your air filters

Here’s another common problem, and another one that can easily crop up if we’re not paying attention. And that’s understandable, because air filters seem inconsequential when compared to many other things. But they are just as important for making sure the air pumping through your home is both clean and at the proper temperature. The reduced airflow that can be caused by dirty filters means your system will struggle to circulate what cool air does exist, causing your home to stay at an uncomfortable temperature.

The U.S. Department of Energy even makes note of improper maintenance, such as failing to change the air filters regularly as one of the most common causes if the air is not being properly cooled with your system. And if you’re not sure how change the filters, or how to know which ones are best for your particular unit, let us know and we’ll have an expert come and check it out for you during a consultation.

3. Low refrigerant levels

This problem may not be one that some of us can even control. Each unit has, and needs, and certain level of refrigerant in order to properly cool the air flowing into and throughout your home. If it doesn’t, the Department of Energy says the level it’s at can impact the efficiency of your system’s performance – something you certainly do not want to happen as the Houston summer enters its peak months.

In some cases, this might mean it was undercharged at the time of installation or did not have the proper level as outlined for the specific manufacturer of the unit. But whatever the case may be, a trained technician can easily fix the problem.

4. Your exterior unit is dirty

Many air conditioning systems are composed of two units – an internal one which absorbs the heat, and then an external unit where the hot air is transported in order to cool your home. But in some cases, the exterior unit of your home – depending on where it is situated – can become clogged up with dirt, leaves, or any other sort of debris which can be picked up and cling to it. Such an occurrence makes it difficult for your unit to cool your home.

0It’s something that doesn’t necessarily spring to mind, but it’s important to have a technician make sure your exterior unit is properly decluttered so it can efficiently cool your home.

5. Poorly-functioning compressor or electrical issues

Your compressor might be one of the most important parts of any air conditioning unit. As a quick refresher, the compressor is the part of the unit which circulates the heat from your system out and enables the cooled air to enter. If the compressor fan is damaged, your system will not be able to effectively cool the air.

Further, the erosion of wires and terminals can be common problems in many systems, so you should have a trained technician come and check the electrical connections and components of your system on a regular basis to make sure they are in order.

Why choose Flex Heating and Air?

Especially during those summer months, maintaining your AC unit is crucial to your comfort here in Houston. So at Flex Heating and Air, we will put you first. We realize you have a long list of HVAC companies to choose from, or that you may have been let down by a previous contractor. That’s why we will never take your business for granted and are committed to providing the highest quality and most reliable HVAC services. There are zero corners cut here at Flex Heating and Air, and we will always be transparent about our process to ensure that we are serving your needs to the best of our technicians’ abilities. If you find your air conditioner not cooling, call us today for same-day service!

We know these issues can seem like a mountain to climb at times when they crop up, but our team can easily fix the problem or recommend the best course of action. After all, our only agenda is the one aimed toward your ultimate comfort even when that Houston sun is beating down on your home. So have one of our certified and trained professional technicians come out today and take a look at your unit so you can get that air conditioning unit fixed in order to stay cool all summer long.

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