With Summer in full swing here in Athens, we often get calls about your system blowing hot air. Nathan has put together his top five things to check if your system is blowing hot air.
In the height of summer, the last thing you want is an AC unit blowing hot air. Here in the Athens area, it is not only the heat it is the high humidity. We all know that when a unit is struggling to keep up and blowing hot air instead of cool that everyone is going to be miserable. Nathan at Stanfield air systems has come up with the top five things to check when your system is blowing hot air. This will give you a great place to start and find out if you need a technician to come out to your house or if it is a simple fix.
When your air system is blowing hot air first check the thermostat
The first step is to check your thermostat. Make sure that it is set to cool and that the temperature is where you want it. Sometimes it has just switched off, or the temperature is above a comfortable setting. Also if you see the thermostat is blank then you more than likely just need to replace the batteries in it. Just gently pop it off the wall replace them and pop back into place.
Is your air system filter clean?
You can always make sure that the filter is clean. A dirty filter can make your system run poorly or cause it to blow hot air. You need to make sure you are checking your filter every quarter, or as recommended for your unit type. Another significant step is to get on a system maintenance plan. Stanfield will come out twice a year and check out your system and make sure it is ready for next summer. If the filter is dirty, just replace it and see if your unit goes back to working like normal.
Check the breakers
The next tip is to check your breakers and make sure they have not thrown. There will be one marked for Air and heat, and you will need to check both. The best way to test them is to click them all the way off and then back on. If they click off again, it is a sign that you need to call a technician out to see what the issue is.
Check the drain pan
Underneath your indoor unit is a drain pan. The indoor unit could be in your crawl space, basement or attic. If the drain pan is full of water, the unit has a switch to shut it off, so you do not have a flood issue. If it is full, the line out of the house is blocked and will need to be cleared. Just give us a call, and we can get your air system up and be running again after we clear the blockage.
Clear around the outside unit
If you are like most of us in the Athens area, you have a heat pump, and grass or debris can block the outside unit. It is essential that the outdoor unit is free of any obstruction and is cleaned on a regular basis. The coils inside this unit exchange the hot air for cool and make the air system run the right way. If you do have grass around the unit, then it is as simple as weed eating around the unit clear anything around it. If the outside unit has not been cleaned by a professional in a while, then it will need to be done. The coils on the inside can get clogged, but never attempt to clean the unit yourself. It has to be done the right way to not damage these coils.
When your air system is blowing hot air, then start with these five tips to see if something simple can be done. If your system is blowing hot air and you find one of these trouble spots or need us to check the air unit out then call us 706.549.4767 or schedule an appointment to have one of our technicians come out. We will check out the whole system and get you and your family out of the heat and back in the cool air.