Why is my air conditioner not blowing cold air?

This week we are seeing record heat for what might seem like an unending stretch of days. With highs in the upper 90s, people are turning to their air conditioning system to provide comfort. But what if you turn on your air conditioner and it isn’t blowing cold air? Here are some of the most common reasons why your air conditioner might be doing this.

#1: Your filter is clogged.
Your air filter plays a very important role in the overall functioning of your cooling system. Not only does it filter the dirt and debris from the air to help provide you clean air to breathe, but it also affects how the system runs. Excess debris build up will impact airflow, which could cause your system to not do its job. Take out the filter every 1 to 2 months to check and make sure it is not dirty, and either replace it or clean it thoroughly. This will help prolong the life of your system too.

#2: Dirty coils.
Your evaporator coils will get dirty over time and if they are not cleaned well, it can affect the performance of your air conditioning system, making it more difficult to remove warm air from your home. If the coils are extremely dirty, more serious issues can occur like having the system completely overheat and shut off. Contact our team of experienced technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling for a preventative maintenance appointment, where we will make sure that the evaporator coils are cleaned properly.

#3: Leaks.
Refrigerant is required for your air conditioner to do its job, but if there is a leak, then your home will stay warm and your system may not be blowing cold air. Refrigerant can be hazardous to handle, so make sure you contact our team of technicians to do the work if this is something you suspect as the problem. Another type of leak that can happen is an air duct leak. If there are leaks in your air ducts, the cool air may be escaping, instead of going into your home, where you need it most. Air duct leaks cause homeowners to lose hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars each year. We can help with that. We are proud to use Aeroseal technology for our customers that are experiencing duct leakage in their homes. Contact us today for information on how Aeroseal may be right for you.

If your air conditioner is not blowing cold air, don’t ignore it. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling is standing by to help get you on the path toward a cool and comfortable summertime. Contact us today for information on getting your AC repaired or replaced.

 

How to keep your pets cool during the summer heat

Summertime in Oregon means plenty of fun and relaxation in the sun, but for your pets, it only takes a little bit of exposure to the warmth before they feel overheated. We love our pets here at Specialty Heating and Cooling and want to remind our customers to don’t forget about keeping your pets out of the heat. Here’s how to keep your pets cool during the summer heat.

#1: Hydration is key.
Your pets can get dehydrated very quickly so it’s very important to keep cool water accessible to them all day long, especially when the temperatures really start to climb. Don’t forget about drinking plenty of water, too! Replenishing your electrolytes and the water you have lost throughout the day is very important to maintaining your overall health.

#2: Take walks early in the morning or later at night.
The pavement gets hot, hot, hot during the summer weather and that means that it can burn the pads of your dog’s paws very easily. In addition, walking in the heat will likely cause them to overheat. To avoid any issues with paw burns or overheating, change up your walking routine to go early in the morning or later in the evening. This will still allow you and your pet to get outside and enjoy the summertime and be active, but it will keep you from having to deal with a sick pet later.

#3: Be sure your AC system is tuned up and ready to handle the heat.
When was the last time your AC system was looked at from the inside out? Your cooling system plays a big role in the overall comfort for both you and your beloved pet. Scheduling a preventative maintenance appointment with our experienced team of technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling means we will check out the inside of the system including the motor, clean your air filters, and let you know of any potential issues that we notice. Once your system is working at peak efficiency, we will be on the road and you can stay comfortable for the rest of the summer!

Not sure if your air conditioning will withstand the rest of the summer? Now is the time to fix that. Whether it’s a split ductless system, a traditional air conditioner, or a heat pump, we have a variety of cooling options that will fit your home’s unique layout and most importantly, fit your budget. Contact us today for more information today!