What to Do When You’re Faced with Uneven Cooling

When the mercury rises, you expect your home to remain cool and comfortable in every room. But what do you do when you find “hot spots” or rooms that won’t cool down, no matter how much you mess with the thermostat?

Today, we’ll show you what causes uneven cooling and explore some of the things you can do about it.

What Causes Uneven Cooling?

There may be multiple reasons why you’re experiencing uneven cooling in your home. If you notice that your top floors don’t cool down as much as your lower floors, this could simply be due to simple physics.

Warm air rises, making it hard to achieve even cooling between floors—though there’s a solution to this that we’ll address in a moment.

If you notice uneven cooling on the same floor, it could be the result of several factors:

  • An aging unit
  • An improperly sized unit
  • Clogged ductwork
  • An improperly calibrated thermostat
  • A clogged air filter

These problems can be frustrating, but not all of them are catastrophic.

When to Schedule an AC Repair

When you’re faced with uneven cooling, replacing your AC unit’s air filter is a good place to start. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you might need to call a local HVAC expert and schedule an AC repair.

Not to brag, but Hearn Plumbing, Heating & Air is available 24/7, thanks to our emergency service line, so help is never more than a phone call away!

Consider New AC Installation

Your uneven cooling may be the result of something that can easily be repaired. But if you have an aging unit (especially if it’s more than 10 years old), it may be time to consider a replacement. A new AC installation may be more cost-effective than sinking more money into repairing your old one. 

Of course, you might also consider AC replacement if your unit is improperly sized. For instance, if a recent remodeling project has expanded your overall square footage, your existing HVAC system might not be able to cover this additional living space. This can put strain on your existing unit and increase the chances you’ll need AC repair down the road.

Consider Ductless AC Installation

Second-floor rooms can be hard to cool evenly. If this is an issue you’ve struggled with, you might want to consider installing a ductless mini-split.

As the name suggests, these innovative units don’t require ductwork. Instead, they can be installed into an exterior wall and connected to an outdoor unit. A ductless system can supplement your home’s existing AC unit, ensuring even temperatures on every floor.

Schedule a Regular AC Tune-Up

During an annual AC tune-up, a service technician can spot small problems before they become big ones, ensuring that your AC unit is working at peak efficiency all year long.

Contact Us Today

Fighting uneven cooling in your home? Let the friendly team at Hearn Plumbing, Heating & Air take care of the problem. We offer AC repair, AC installation, and AC tune-ups to keep your home cool and comfortable, no matter what summer brings your way.