Air conditioning is important for keeping your family and home's interior cool in the warmer seasons, but it is also necessary for maintaining healthy air quality. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not realize their system is in distress until they start experiencing heat and humidity inside their home even when their air conditioning is running. Thankfully, proper understanding and your contractor's help will restore your system back to a functional state. Here are a few surprising reasons your AC may be struggling to cool your home.

Clogged Filters

During the process of cooling your home, the system moves heat out and cooled air in through ductwork. This is a complicated series of ducts that are installed throughout your home, allowing conditioned air to move through the vents of your home.

While air is the main element that is transferred through the ductwork, dirt, dust, and allergens also move through. Filters trap the dirt, dust, allergens, and other debris, preventing it from flowing into your home and affecting your air quality.

If you do not change your filters regularly, they will remain clogged with dirt and dust, reducing the flow of air into your home. This prevents your system from cooling your house properly, making your AC system run harder and longer in an attempt to reach the desired temperature.

Replacing your filter is imperative if you want your system to run in the most efficient and effective manner.  Consider replacing your filters every 30 to 90 days or sooner if they appear grey and dirty.

Tripped Breaker

If your home experiences an overload in electricity usage, a circuit breaker may trip, preventing your air conditioning from running. A tripped breaker is actually a safety precaution, preventing a fire from starting in the event your home does experience an excessive amount of electricity use.

However, the loss of your cooling ability can affect your home and health, making this problem seem more overwhelming than it needs to be.

To restore your system's function, open the circuit breaker panel and locate the breaker for your air conditioning units. If the toggle is located in the middle of the panel and not to the right or left, the breaker has tripped.

Flipped the tripped breaker towards the off side and then move it back to the on position. This will reset the breaker, allowing power to work your air conditioning system again.

Consider consulting an AC service contractor if you are still struggling to cool your home. After a detailed inspection, contractors will be able to locate the issue and offer suggestions for repair.