Air ConditioningAC FAQ: What Causes Hot Spots?

Have you noticed hot spots in your home even though other areas in your house are cool? When you run your air conditioning system in the summer, you want it to be efficient and reliable. Read more here about preparing your air conditioner for summer: How To Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Summer. You also want it to be effective, which means cooling the whole house evenly. If you notice hot spots in your home, you should give us a call. There’s no need to deal with subpar cooling, and our technicians can help you get a better cooling experience.

As with most air conditioning problems, hot spots in your house could be due to a few different issues. A proper diagnosis is just as important as quality repair services. Below are some potential causes behind an ineffective air conditioner in Bremerton, WA.

Possible causes of hot spots

  1. Improper sizing
  2. Leaky air ducts
  3. Subpar insulation

1. Improper sizing

HVAC technician working on air conditioner

If your air conditioner has always been unable to cool your whole house evenly, your system may simply not be large enough for your home. Having an improperly sized system is a problem, whether it’s too big or too small. The only way to fix this issue is to replace the system with one that’s the correct size.

2. Leaky air ducts

air duct near wall

Are your hot spots always in just one area of your house? It’s possible that you’re dealing with leaky air ducts. If the ducts in these areas of your home are leaking, hot air may be pulled into the system while cool air leaks out. This issue can result in uneven temperatures.

3. Subpar insulation

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Another common culprit of hot spots is insufficient insulation. Having proper insulation in your home will benefit you year round. If any area of your home is lacking proper insulation, then heat can get in and make that area warmer than the rest of your house.

If you need help fixing home hot spots, contact Sullivan Heating & Cooling. We can get your air conditioner back in prime working condition so you can enjoy even cooling throughout your home.


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