3 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Is Making Your Home Too Cold

Posted on: 23 April 2020

An air conditioner should provide the right balance of cool air; it should not make you cold and uncomfortable. If your unit often leaves your home too cold, and you've made sure to adjust the thermostat correctly, this problem could be an indication of an issue with the unit. Learn more about what could cause this sort of problem so that you can address it.

1. Thermostat Malfunction

An air conditioner uses the thermostat setting as a benchmark. As a result, the unit will remain on and blowing cool air until the thermostat sensor has detected the air temperature inside your home has reached the temperature setting you input. 

In homes that are excessively cold, sometimes the problem is that the thermostat sensor is not working correctly. Consequently, it takes longer for the thermostat to register that the temperature setting has been reached and to power off. Instead, the unit remains on longer, and the longer it stays on, the more cold air it blows into your home. 

2. Improperly Sized Unit

An air conditioner is sized based on its cooling capacity. The cooling capacity required for a structure is based primarily on its size. For this reason, a person with an 1,800 square foot home is not likely to need a unit sized to accommodate a 4,000 square foot home. 

If you have an air conditioner that is sized too large for your home, it will blow more cool air into your home than there is space for it to go, and ultimately, make your home uncomfortable. Discomfort is only the beginning of your issues, as too large of a unit will also lead to higher than normal energy costs. 

3. Zoned Cooling Problems

Are the temperature issues in your home restricted to certain areas? If you have a zoned cooling system and only certain areas in your home are too cold, it could be an indication that there is a problem with the system. Most zoned systems utilize air from one main cooling unit, but the zones work independently, in terms of temperature control. In this scenario, it could mean that there is a thermostat problem within the zone that fills cooler or that there is a problem with the blower that supports that area.  

If your air conditioner is leaving your home too cold, consider contacting a AC repair professional who can inspect the unit and find out the source of the problem. 


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