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My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


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Central Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air? Try These Troubleshooting Steps

by Rita Richardson

Is your central air conditioner on and your thermostat set to the desired temperature but yet you find that your unit is not blowing any or enough cold air? If so, you may be able to correct the issue with a few simple troubleshooting steps.

Step 1: Clean Around The Outdoor Unit

Begin by cleaning away any weeds, grass, and other debris from around your outdoor condenser unit. You will also want to spray this unit down using your garden hose in order to remove any debris that may have made its way inside the protective flaps on the outside of your unit. Be sure not to use any chemicals or pressurizing hose attachments when performing this task as they can cause damage to your condenser. Instead, stick to the use of a very basic garden hose and clean water. 

Step 2: Check Your Filter

The next step is to check your indoor air filter to see if this filter has become clogged. This filter is typically found in one of three places. Either behind the front panel of your AC unit, in a filter drawer below or alongside the unit, or directly behind the grate of your main air return vent. Once you have located the filter, remove it from the unit and try looking directly through the center of the filter. If you are unable to look through the filter, it is in need of cleaning or replacing. 

Step 3: Look For Signs Of Ice

If a clogged condenser or filter was to blame for preventing the cold air from properly circulating around your home, this cold air could have resulted in your coils freezing over. Carefully check both your indoor and outdoor units for signs of ice. If your coils have frozen over, turning your system off for several hours and allowing these coils to defrost can result in the restored function of your AC unit. However, if the ice that has developed is too thick to defrost on its own, a professional contractor will be required to safely remove this ice buildup from your air conditioning system.

Step 4: Contact The Professionals

If you have completed all of the steps above and are still experiencing issues, you will need to contact a professional air conditioning contractor to address the problem. If you have restored the use of your air conditioner by using these troubleshooting steps, you will still want to consider contacting a professional contractor in order to schedule an annual maintenance appointment in order to prevent these issues from reoccurring in the near future.