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Why Does My AC Take a Long Time To Cool Down the House?

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You’ve been blasting your air conditioning for hours, but it’s barely making a difference in your home’s temperature. What’s going on? If your AC struggles to cool down your home on hot days, there are a few possible causes.

You should feel comfortable in your home, no matter how hot it is outside. In this article, we’ll go over why your AC isn’t cooling your home quickly and ways you can improve its efficiency.

How Long Should it Take for an AC to Cool the House?

The length of time it takes to cool your home will depend on several factors. A few things that will affect the length of time it takes to cool the house include:

  • Insulation: Proper insulation makes a big difference in heating and cooling your home. When you don’t have enough insulation or poor insulation, it allows heat to seep into your home and makes it harder for your AC to keep up.
  • Square footage: A large house will take longer to cool than a smaller one. The bigger the house, the more space there is to cool.
  • Size of the AC unit: Air conditioners come in different sizes, and larger homes need larger units. That’s why ensuring your AC unit is properly sized for your living space is important.

A professional A.B. May technician can determine what’s causing your cooling issues and recommend a lasting solution to keep your family comfortable all summer.

Reasons Why Your AC Is Struggling To Cool Your Home

While there are several reasons why your AC is struggling to cool your home, some of the more common ones include:

  • Dirty air filters: When the air filters are too dirty, air will struggle to flow through the system and cause the unit to work harder to cool your home.
  • Lack of maintenance: Small issues can develop and worsen over time when system maintenance isn’t performed regularly.
  • Clogged air ducts: Dust and debris can collect in the air ducts, making it difficult for cooled air to get through the ductwork.
  • Leaky ductwork: Air ducts can crack or break over time, letting cool air pour out in the attic or crawl space before reaching the rooms in the home.
  • Refrigerant leaks: If your system leaks refrigerant, it won’t be able to cool the air before sending it through the vents.

An expert HVAC contractor can diagnose and repair these issues easily. With the right fix, you’ll immediately notice a significant difference in your household comfort.

How to Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

With a few simple tips, your air conditioner can run more efficiently, improving your family’s comfort and lowering your monthly energy bills. Changing your air filters frequently provides a clear path for air to enter the system. You can also clean around the outdoor unit can ensure proper airflow. If you’re uncomfortable doing these things yourself, we are happy to help.

Most importantly, scheduling annual maintenance helps you catch problems early and ensures your AC unit runs efficiently. You should schedule a System Check appointment once a year. Since we often service your entire HVAC system at the same time, your equipment will benefit at any time of the year.

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Schedule an AC Tune-Up With A.B. May

An AC tune-up from A.B. May can be well worth it for your system. Our professional technicians provide same-day service, upfront pricing, and proper maintenance for your system. You’ll also love our Homeowner Service Plans, which make it easy to keep up with maintenance on all your essential home systems.

Trust a BBB-accredited, award-winning HVAC company to keep your air conditioner working as it should. Contact A.B. May at 913-383-3100 to schedule AC maintenance in Kansas City.


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