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Why Are Some Rooms Different Temperatures Than Others?

What To Do if Your AC Isn’t Evenly Cooling Your Home

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Have you ever been cool and comfortable in one room of your home, only to go into another room that feels like it’s on fire? One of the most common issues with air conditioning systems is an inability to evenly cool the home, leaving different rooms at different temperatures.

If you find yourself dealing with this problem, the HVAC experts at Parks Heating Cooling Plumbing & Electrical are here to help. We’ve put together this guide to cover some of the most common reasons for cooling inconsistencies and some quick fixes you can try to restore proper functionality to your system.

What Causes Uneven Cooling in the Home?

There are many reasons why your air conditioner may struggle to provide consistent cooling throughout your property, including:

  • Blocked vents: Your air vents are what’s responsible for circulating conditioned air throughout your home. If they are blocked by carpeting, furniture, or other obstructions, it can lead to temperature inconsistencies.
  • Leaking ducts: When your air ducts become compromised, it can cause cooled air to leak out of your ductwork and get replaced with warm air. The result is inconsistent temperatures throughout your living environment.
  • Clogged filters: If your AC filters become too clogged, it can hinder your system’s performance and restrict airflow, creating hot and cold spots throughout your home.
  • Short-cycling: While short-cycling points to an internal problem in your AC system, it can cause uneven temperatures. This is because the unit is shutting off before a full cycle can run, meaning it may fail to bring certain rooms in your home up to the desired temperature.
  • Outdated system: If you’re constantly struggling with comfort inconsistencies, it may be time to consider an air conditioner replacement as your system may be reaching the end of its usable life span.
  • Inadequate insulation: Sometimes, the problem isn’t with your air conditioner but with your home’s insulation. If windows and doors in some rooms aren’t properly insulated, they may be allowing cool air to escape and letting in the warm air from the outdoors.

How To Fix Inconsistent Cooling in Your Home

Before you reach out to a knowledgeable cooling expert for professional AC repair, you can try to address issues with cooling inconsistencies by using the following DIY troubleshooting techniques:

  • Open vents: Perform a visual inspection of all the vents and registers throughout your home. If you notice any obstructions in the way, remove them and ensure the vents are fully open to promote adequate airflow.
  • Adjust settings: If your HVAC fan is set to AUTO on your thermostat, try switching it to the ON setting. This can help keep your fan running to ensure cool air is circulated throughout your home.
  • Replace filters: Be sure to clean or replace air filters at the recommended intervals, typically once every 90 days. If you have pets, suffer from allergies, or live with vulnerable family members, you may need to do this more often.
  • Seal windows: In the rooms that aren’t being sufficiently cooled, check around windows and other gaps to ensure they are correctly sealed and insulated.
  • Close blinds and curtains: Sometimes, the simplest fix can be the most effective. If certain rooms feel much hotter than others, check to make sure that those rooms aren’t just receiving more sunlight. Rooms that receive direct sunlight will heat up faster, making your AC work harder to keep them cool. Closing blinds and curtains can help to even out the temperatures.

When To Contact a Professional

In some cases, these DIY fixes may not be enough to address the temperature inconsistencies throughout your home. For persistent issues with cooling consistency, you may need to consider professional ductwork sealing, AC repair service, or installing a zoned comfort system.

Call Parks for AC Repairs in Charlotte

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Struggling to stay cool in every room of your home in the Queen City? Parks Heating Cooling Plumbing & Electrical is here to help. Whether you are looking to install ductless mini-splits, need same-day AC repairs, or a different HVAC service, our team offers the comprehensive solutions you need to ensure every area in your home remains cool and comfortable.

Schedule air conditioning services in the Charlotte area today by calling our team at 704-596-8200.

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