When it’s a searing summer morning in Newark, nothing feels worse than realizing your air conditioner isn’t working the way it was built to. The last thing you need to do is request AC service. But your AC is a quite complex system, so it can be hard to figure out what’s causing the trouble solo.

That’s why Luikart Heating & Cooling created this informational guide to help you figure out what might be going on with your AC. Here, you’ll discover some typical explanations for why your house is feeling too warm. And while some of these are straightforward] DIY projects, you may have to turn to a professional for AC repair.

And if you do, Luikart Heating & Cooling is here for you. Here are five reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling your home in Newark.

1. Your System Settings Could Be Off

Everyone adjusts their thermostat a touch differently to match their personal needs. Yet, a lot of people make the misstep of setting their thermostat to “On” rather than “Auto.” With this setting, the fan in your air conditioner will continue to produce an air current even after you’ve reached your preferred temperature.

This can appear like your vents are distributing warmish air, when really it’s just utilizing the fan more frequently than required. Try switching this setting and find out if things change.

2. Your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Cleaned

There are two main spaces to investigate for dirt or dust buildup when your cooling system doesn’t seem to be performing as it should.

Firstly, examine your system’s filter. If you don’t switch your filter often enough, buildup can make it more difficult for air to flow through and lower the temperature your home. If your filter is visibly dirty or dusty, it’s likely time to replace it. (And for best operation, you have to replace it about once every three months at a minimum.)

If your filter seems clean, head to your outdoor unit. Make sure there’s a reasonable amount of space around your air conditioner and clean up plants or dirt close by. This piece of your cooling system releases the heat from within your house. If the coils outside are congested, you won’t be feeling comfortable in your home.

We advise scheduling professional air conditioner maintenance every year to keep your unit working properly and to keep your warranty valid.

3. Your AC is Leaking Refrigerant

Refrigerant is the material that chills the air in your house. It cycles between your indoor and outside system elements to absorb and discharge heat, to help your home remain cool. If there is an opening along that path, you won’t be cool again until you schedule professional air conditioning repair.

Signals of a refrigerant leak include a lack of cooled air, pricier electric expenses, frozen evaporator coils and strange hissing noises coming from your system.

If you suspect refrigerant might be leaking, call Luikart Heating & Cooling for system repair as soon as possible. Refrigerant can also be harmful to your family’s health.

4. One or More Parts Should Be Replaced

Your system includes a a handful of crucial parts. These include the blower, evaporator coils, compressor, fan, condenser coils and expansion valve. If one of these is broken, your home comfort suffers.

Our Luikart Heating & Cooling technicians are trained and experienced in HVAC. They can help you locate and fix any problem.

5. Your Air Conditioner Should Be Updated

If your system is more than 10 years old, it could likely be a good time to think about new air conditioner installation. As your system gets older, it simply won’t work as well as it has in the past. And it might be making your home too warm.

If your AC is more current but still isn’t properly cooling your home, it might be undersized for your home. Air conditioners are not one-size-fits-all. An air conditioner that’s not big enough absolutely can’t cool a place the way a properly sized air conditioner can.

Create a More Comfortable Home with Luikart Heating & Cooling

You can’t blow any time this summer in an unpleasant house. When your AC isn’t operating the way it should, rely on Luikart Heating & Cooling. We’re experts in air conditioner repair. Contact us at 740-344-5497 right away.