If your air conditioning is functioning properly, it should be pulling the humidity out of your home. When you experience damp, stuffy air indoors or you feel sticky and sweaty when the air is running, it’s a sign that your system is not pulling its weight and something may be wrong.
An air conditioner takes the warmth out of your indoor air and moves it outside, lowering the temperature in your home. At the same time, the evaporator coil in the system draws out the moisture from that air and sends it down into a pan, where it is then pumped out through a drain. Humidity indoors indicates that this process is not working as it should.
Let’s Look At Some Common Issues To See What The Problem Could Be
How is your thermostat set? A simple fix may be as easy as changing the thermostat setting. If you’re leaving your thermostat fan setting to “ON”, the fan is running all the time whether it needs to be or not. This is counterproductive because the evaporator then doesn’t have time to dry the moisture and just blows the humid air right back into your home. Turn the thermostat to AUTO. This will kick the fan on only when it needs to be running which allows time in between to dry up the condensation it pulls in.
Low coolant levels. Freon is the coolant that absorbs the heat your air conditioner brings to it. When you are low on this refrigerant, the AC can’t absorb as much heat through the coils, causing the cooling effect to decline.
Duct Leakage. If there are holes or cracks of any size in your ducts, the air that is supposed to be going to the air conditioner is instead circulating right back into your home. The only way to determine if this is the case is to have your ducts inspected as hairline cracks or pin-sized holes are not normally visible to the naked eye. Fully sealed ducts make your system run more efficiently so not only will the air be cooler and less humid, but you’ll also see lower energy bills.
Dirty system. Your AC needs to be kept free of dust, debris, and other particles that build up over time. This means both the inside and outside components of the system. A professional inspection and cleaning is the best plan of attack to ensure that your HVAC system is fully clean and working at maximum capacity.
Regardless of what the problem is, an inspection of your HVAC system will identify the issue and your licensed technician can then offer solutions. Texas Ace Heating & Air is here to help. Give us a call at 817-240-6701 or contact us to schedule an inspection today. Don’t wait for the mid-summer heat to make sure you’re staying cool.