On average, a well-maintained air conditioner lasts anywhere from 12 to 17 years. If your AC is less than 10 years old and it’s blowing hot air, the chances are high that it’s NOT about to kick the bucket. Is your AC blowing hot air?

This quick guide will break down what could be causing it and what to do next.

Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air?

There are many potential reasons for your California AC unit blowing hot air. Whether your AC unit is blowing hot air outside or inside, most of those issues are easy to fix.

Let’s take a look at some of the causes for an AC blowing out hot air.

There’s a Restriction in Airflow

If there’s a restriction in airflow either to or from your AC, it means that there isn’t enough air coming out of the vents in order to cool your home.

A compromised airflow can result in the compressor in the outside unit freezing up. What causes these issues? It could be that the air filter needs to be replaced or that your AC needs maintenance.

The Thermostat Isn’t Correct

Sometimes an issue with the AC can be as simple as an incorrect setting on the thermostat.

Check and make sure that your thermostat isn’t set to “heat.” Someone could have bumped it or flipped the wrong switch. Check and see if it’s set to “auto” or “on,” too.

When an AC is set to “on,” it’ll blow warmer air out of the vents even when the outside AC unit isn’t running. If you feel warmer air out of the vents, it could just be that the AC isn’t cooling at that moment.

Low Refrigerant

Low refrigerant is another reason for AC blowing out hot air. Plus, if your AC has a worn service valve, poor assembly, or loose joints, it could be that you have overcharged or undercharged refrigerant.

Refrigerant is dangerous to try and handle on your own. If it’s low or leaking, be sure to get a certified technician to come and check it out.

There’s No Power

First, check the batteries and settings. Then, check that your AC has power by taking a look at the electrical panel.

If your AC demanded too much power, the circuit breaker might have shut off the power as a safety precaution. In California and other states with hot summers, it’s not uncommon for AC to stop working due to too much demand for power.

Contact Comfort Now Air, Plumbing, & Heating for AC Repair

If you find that your AC is blowing hot air, don’t fret. There are many simple issues that can cause warmer air to blow from your vents, all of which are easy fixes for a licensed HVAC technician.

If your Hanford home’s AC is blowing hot air and you want to get to the bottom of it, contact us! We take pride in our communication, expertise, and money-back guarantee. We are here to help!