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AC FAQ: What’s Up with These Hot Spots?

AC-techniciansFor those of us that have made Arizona our home, high temperatures are a part of daily life. Just because we choose to live in this climate, of course, does not mean that we are immune to the discomfort that the heat can cause. Even those of us that can appreciate the heat of summer the most need to be able to keep cool and healthy. That is why running into trouble with our air conditioning systems is so alarming in this area.

Remember, an air conditioner does not — and really should not — need to break down entirely before the homeowner takes the initiative to schedule service. Typically, there are several warning factors that can warn of trouble brewing with an air conditioner. Sometimes, though, such symptoms may not be a result of a malfunctioning air conditioner itself. Following are some reasons why you may encounter hot spots in your home, and what that may mean for your air conditioner in Chandler, AZ.

Insufficient Insulation

Like we said, not every problem leading to hot spots in your home is necessarily the result of an issue with your air conditioner itself. One of the most common culprits is, in fact, the insulation in homes. Insulation is not only there to keep heat from getting out of your house in the winter. If it were, we wouldn’t have much to worry about! It also serves to prevent heat from getting into your home during the summer season. If there is not enough insulation in any given area of your home, then you’ll suffer unwanted heat transfer.

Improper Sizing

This is a much more serious problem, and one that stems directly from the air conditioner. If your system has always struggled to cool your home evenly since its installation, then it is very possible that this system is just not of the right size for your home. If this is the case, then you are going to need to replace the system with a properly sized one if you really want to solve the issue.

Damaged Ductwork

If you use a central air conditioner or a heat pump in order to cool your home, then you rely on ductwork in order to distribute cooled air throughout your living space. Your air conditioning may be cooling air sufficiently for your entire house, but that is not going to matter much if the ductwork used to distribute that cooled air throughout the house is not able to do so successfully. Sealing your ductwork or, if necessary, replacing it can help to eliminate uneven temperatures if this is the case.

When you have hot spots in your home, that is just one symptom of the problem. Another is increased cooling costs, probably, as your system struggles to even temperatures out in an uphill battle. There is also the wear and tear on your system to consider, which can result in AC repair needs. When you notice hot spots in your home, give Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix a call to get to the bottom of the situation. 

G-O-E-T-T-L it’ll keep you cool but it’s hard to spell.

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