House not cooling down? Try this troubleshooting checklist
Being that we’re on cusp the of the hottest months of the year, it’s important to nip all your cooling concerns in the bud now. No one wants to be frantically scrambling for a solution on a 100-degree day in mid-July when what was originally a minor issue finally comes to a head. It is crucial that you assess your home’s insulation efficiency if you suspect your house isn’t cooling at a normal rate. But before you jump to conclusions, it’s important to rule out some possible minor issues:
- Check the outdoor unit. When your air conditioner is running, you should be able to hear fans running. If you hear nothing despite the fact that thermostat is on and working, the issue is with the air conditioner unit.
- Check your thermostat. If the battery is dead in your thermostat, it could be the reason why your house isn’t cooling down efficiently.
- Check the filter. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that you replace your air filter every three months. If it’s been a while since you last checked your air conditioner filter, clear any debris that may be obstructing air flow. If it appears particularly dirty, replace the filter.
If your attempts to alleviate the potential issues above prove to be fruitless and your home still can’t seem to reach the setting on your thermostat, it is probably an issue with your insulation. Give us a call at (713) 560-0600 and we’ll conduct a home energy audit, free. This month, we are also offering $150 off all home insulation, so you won’t have to break the bank trying to stay cool this summer.
Summer A/C unit cleaning checklist
Saving money on energy costs is easy with a little bit of elbow grease. Maintaining the equipment that cools your home or office is the key to ensuring that it exceeds its life expectancy and that you aren’t wasting money needlessly to stay cool in the summer.
Here are few simple steps you can take to clean your air conditioning unit before summer is in full-swing:
- Safety First. Before you begin, be sure to cut power to the air conditioning unit to avoid electrocution.
- Clear debris. Remove the fan cage on the top of the unit with a screwdriver and clear out any leaves, twigs, and other debris.
- Clean fins. Use a shop vacuum to clean dirt from the fins on the outside of the unit. Then, hose off the unit using a gentle nozzle setting. Be sure not to use a pressure washer, as it can potentially damage the fins.
- Clean area surrounding the A/C unit. Clear any sticks and/or leaves surrounding the unit to ensure that they aren’t swept up into the air conditioner unit later.