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My AC! It’s Blowing Warm Air!

thermometer-in-redFor most homeowners, a broken down air conditioning system is probably something of a worst case scenario during the hottest time of the year. Just shy of such a breakdown, an air conditioner that is blowing warm air is nearly as troublesome. Why might your air conditioner in Anacortes blow warm air when you are trying to cool your home? Well, the bad news is that it is a real possibility. The good news is that the problem may not actually be as serious as you’d initially expect.

There are quite a few potential causes of this particular problem, and some of them you may actually be able to resolve on your own. Should you fail to find an obvious solution to the problem, though, be sure to dial our number right away. There are certain causes that not only require professional attention, but which could lead to serious system damages if given the opportunity.

The Simple Solutions

We are not alarmists here at Foss Heating & Cooling. We’re not going to tell you that you need expensive repairs that you really don’t, either. That is why we want to share with you some simple items to check before you decide that professional air conditioning repairs are necessary in the event of your system blowing warm air.

  • Check the thermostat. Yes, that’s right, the thermostat. Sure, it sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people will overlook this step in a time of “crisis.” You may have accidentally set your thermostat to a “fan-only” mode, or you may have a heat pump accidentally set to its heating mode. In either event, these are not problems that you need a trained professional to handle.
  • Check the circuit breaker. Yes, that’s right. Another simple fix, though perhaps not as obvious as checking your thermostat. Run outside or open a window to check if your outdoor unit is running. If not, check your circuit breaker. The indoor and outdoor units are almost certainly on separate circuits, and the breaker for the outdoor unit may have tripped, while the indoor unit blows unconditioned air.

When to Call the Pros

Okay, so you’ve checked your thermostat and your circuit breaker, but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious fix to the solution. Now what? Well, it’s a good idea to give us a call to diagnose any problems professionally. You could have a serious situation on your hands, such as a refrigerant leak. If so, continuing to run your air conditioner could lead to serious damages to your system. If your compressor is damaged beyond repair, replacing the entire system is likely going to be the next step.

You could also have leaky ductwork in your home. Homeowners often forget about their air ducts, as they are not really visible and problems with your ductwork typically won’t result in a swift breakdown of the system. If they are leaking, though, you really need to have them professionally sealed ASAP. They’ll continue to pull warm air into the system, increasing strain on your AC and leaving you to pay more more a weaker cooling output.

Let Foss Heating & Cooling handle all of your air conditioning service needs.

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