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Why Is My Air Conditioner Having Trouble Keeping the House Cool?

The heat has definitely arrived for the summer, with temperatures during the last week rising over 90°F. The humidity isn’t helping, with relative humidity levels much higher than 60%—the point when the extra moisture in the air makes it much more difficult to stay cool. You’ll certainly be relying on your air conditioning system a great deal to keep your home livable.

But does it seem as if the air conditioner can’t keep pace with the heat? Does it have to run constantly to even reach a moderately comfortable indoor temperature? Then your AC may have a problem that needs professional repair attention from our HVAC experts. Let’s examine some possibilities:

The AC is too old and needs to be replaced

If your air conditioning system is more than 15 years old, it’s likely that the trouble is due to wear and tear overtaking it. If you’ve already gotten that many years out of the system, it’s definitely earned its keep… and now is the time to schedule a replacement.

The air filter is clogged

We talk about this often on the blog, but it can’t be emphasized enough: the HVAC system air filter must be replaced on a regular basis (every 1 to 6 months depending on filter type) or clogging will reduce performance. Check on the filter and change it if it’s excessively congested.

The AC is losing refrigerant

This is one of the more common air conditioning malfunctions that you may have to deal with. The air conditioner is designed to run on a set charge of refrigerant, and any loss due to leaks will restrict its cooling power—and eventually lead to catastrophic damage. If you notice ice along the AC coils, then you may have a leak as the source of the air conditioner’s plunge in cooling power: call professionals immediately.

There are other possible reasons for the AC’s struggle with cooling, but you can trust to Hall’s Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration to fix whatever is wrong. Call us for service in Haughton, LA and the surrounding areas.

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