My air conditioning isn’t keeping up with the heat: is there something wrong?

Summer has arrived and that means that Oregonians will be facing some warm days in the next couple of months. There’s nothing more frustrating during a hot summer to realize that the air conditioning that you’re relying on to keep you cool and comfortable isn’t able to keep up with the demand that you have to keep your house cold. So, what’s going wrong with it? There can be several reasons.

Reason #1: The outdoor unit needs to be cleaned well.
Oftentimes, outdoor HVAC units will collect debris and dirt along the surface and sometimes even inside. If this begins to build up over time, the coil will not be able to cool the refrigerant by releasing the heat.  It is important for your air conditioner to receive annual maintenance that will keep your equipment in peak working condition so you will stay comfortable in your home all year long.

Reason #2: The air filter needs replacing.
If you don’t regularly change your air filter, debris will get caught and start slowing down the airflow. This will affect how the unit cools your home and if the filter is not replaced, it could even cause damage if left unattended for months on end. We recommend that you change your filter every 1 to 2 months depending on the type of filter you have and if you run your fan continuously.

Reason #3: Your unit is the wrong size.
If you’re not staying cool, the air conditioning unit that you have may not be big enough to cool your whole house. We’re happy to come out and take a look at your system and be sure that what you have is adequate. If not, we can offer some options for a new system that will fit your budget.

Reason #4: The system is losing refrigerant.
To keep your unit working properly, you will need to have the refrigerant stay at the same level. If it’s leaking, the unit will not be able to maintain cooling efficiently. And worst of all, dropping levels of refrigerant can cause damage to the internal components, which could be very expensive to fix.

Temperatures are going to start rising fast, so now is the time to get your air conditioner looked at. Whether your home or commercial office is located in Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, or Sherwood, our team of experienced technicians is ready to take a look at your system to see what’s going on. If it needs repair, you can count on us to fix it. If it’s a new system you need, you can count on us to install the system that fits your needs and most importantly, your budget! Call us today for a no-pressure appointment so we can help provide you with options.

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