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First-Time Homeowners: Why Is Your Air Conditioner Only Blowing Hot Air?

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Whether you're a high school graduate who recently moved out of your parents' home or you are a newlywed who just purchased your first home, you probably haven't quite learned the ins and outs of home ownership just yet. This includes how to troubleshoot your own air conditioner. As a first-time homeowner, you probably want to save whatever money you can to go toward your mortgage and homeowners' insurance. If this sounds like you, you will want to diagnose and fix your air conditioner problem yourself if possible. Even if you can't fix it yourself, you will at least know what to avoid to prevent this from happening again in the future. If your AC is blowing hot air, here are four reasons why:

1. Your Thermostat Is Set to Heat.

You may think that this is a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many new homeowners forget to switch the thermostat to cool when the weather starts to get warmer. Or, if you have little ones running around the house, they may have accidentally flipped it to "heat" mode while they were playing. So, make sure to check this first and avoid an embarrassing call to an HAVC expert and an unnecessary repair bill.

2. Your Filter and Evaporator Coils Are Both Filthy.

Now, if the thermostat is actually on the appropriate setting and you are still getting hot air, the problem may actually be a dirty air filter and a dirty evaporator coil. Ultimately, your filter should be changed on a regular basis (every one to two months during the summer). When it isn't, it caused the dirt and dust build-up to make its way to the evaporator coil. When this happens, it results in your unit's cooling inefficiency. To clean the evaporator coils, you will need to follow these instructions or hire a professional.

3. Your Outside Unit Isn't Being Maintained.

If your filter checks out, then you may want to head outside and take a look at the condenser unit outside of your home. Do you notice any dirt or debris blocking the air flow around the condenser coils? If there is, you should move any debris and then take a garden hose and wash off the outside unit to remove any built up dirt. This will help remove anything that has been impacting your unit's cooling ability. This may be something you need to consider doing regularly throughout the summer to ensure your unit is accurately maintained.

For more information, contact Wright Total Indoor Comfort or a similar company.