July 2016 Ask the Team
I turned on my AC this year and it does not seem to be getting cold as it should be? What can I do?
Answer from Gary Gordon, HVAC Technician with 30 years experience
The first thing you can safely check is to make sure the Thermostat has power and is calling for cooling. Second thing would be to check if the outside condensing unit is running. The third is to check the filter to make sure its clean and allowing free air flow to the system.
Most other checks would require a experienced service technician to diagnose the problem.
The reality is that most problems will start small and are unnoticeable at first, until the problem impacts your comfort. Of course this happens on one of the hottest days of the summer when service is the most challenging to schedule.
Fortunately, AC maintenance is generally simple and cost effective. In most cases proper cleaning and tune up of your system will save you from breakdowns with your systems and cost of operation. New system can lose up to 25% of its efficiency by its second year with out proper maintenance.
AC systems are designed & built to last for up to 20 years with proper attention. For the best use of your buying dollar have your system HVAC system serviced every year. Your system & bank account will appreciate it!!!