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Troubleshooting a Poorly Cooled House


The whole point of having an air conditioner is to keep you cool inside while the temperature soars outside. If your home isn’t being cooled as it should, you don’t have to bear with it. Solving the problem of a poorly cooled house starts with identifying the possible culprit. Here are five possible reasons for your summer discomfort.

Poor air distribution

If your cool air isn’t reaching certain areas, you’ll find hot, uncomfortable spots in your home even if your home is cool overall. Poor air distribution can be caused by undersized ductwork serving some areas, or blockages in your ductwork. If you’ve done any remodeling without assessing the impact on your HVAC system, you may have inadvertently introduced this issue. Have a Western Heating and Air professional review your ductwork sizing and layout to see whether this is the problem.

Dirty filter

A dirty filter will slow down airflow and prevent cool air from reaching where it needs to in your home. It can also cause your cooling coil to freeze, with a buildup of ice that will eventually lead to poor performance of your cooling system overall. Replacing your filter is therefore a critical maintenance issue that can’t be ignored.

Undersized air conditioner

If your unit runs continuously without much impact, it may be too small for your home. Of course, during extreme weather, you may find this happening anyway, but for the most part, your unit should be able to satisfy the cooling requirements of your house on most summer days. DIscuss this with a professional from our Western Heating and Air team, who will be able to do a thorough assessment to determine the right sized air conditioner for your home.

Underperforming blower

If your furnace blower isn’t performing as it should, this can lead to poor cooling throughout your house with less air being distributed. Your blower may be dirty, or it may need to be repaired or replaced. If you find that there’s not enough air blowing through your grilles (and you have a clean filter installed), be sure to give us a call for a partner on our team to inspect your blower fan.

Faulty thermostat

A thermostat that isn’t working as it should will either leave the air conditioning running longer than necessary (thus overcooling your house) or won’t come on at all. If your thermostat is old, consider replacing it. If your cooling is erratic, even with a newer thermostat, you may need to replace it anyway.

If you need help troubleshooting or fixing issues with a poorly cooled house, give us a call at (801) 224-8899, and we can help you stay comfortable this summer.

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