If you're reading this, your home likely feels several degrees warmer than your thermostat setting. And it's getting worse as time passes.

That's no good!

We'll give you the top 3 causes of this problem, and what you can do about it.

Thermostat setting issues

Let's get the obvious out of the way, shall we?

Make sure your thermostat is set on "cool" and the blower setting is on "auto." (Setting it to "on" causes the blower to blow air even when it's not being cooled, giving you hot air when you don't want it.)

If none of those helped, let's move on.

Low refrigerant/Freon

This is what most homeowners guess is the problem. And it's a good guess. But you should look for other signs that this is the source of the problem.

Signs that you're low on refrigerant include:

What most homeowners don't know is that, if you're low on refrigerant, there's probably a refrigerant leak as well. You see, refrigerant isn't "used up." It just circulates around the cooling system.

So, if you're low on refrigerant, it's escaping through a refrigerant coil or the refrigerant tube connecting the inside and outside units.

Before adding any refrigerant, a professional AC repairman should:

  • Find the leak
  • Evacuate the remaining refrigerant
  • Repair the leak

This is important to know so you're not ripped off by someone who just adds refrigerant that will leak out later, costing you even more money.

Issues with the outside condenser unit

The outside air conditioning unit's job is to disperse heat from the refrigerant. That way the refrigerant can cool down, allowing it to absorb more heat from your indoor air.

So, when something prevents the outside unit's ability to do this, that means no cold air for you.

A few condenser unit issues that would cause your air conditioner to not cool your home will include:

  • Dirty outside unit
  • Power supply to the outside unit is switched off
  • Condenser fan (the big fan in the outside unit) isn't working

There are several other electrical issues, but these are some common ones you can see.

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