Why Does My Air Conditioner Take So Long to Get Cold?

- 10:00 am - May 14th, 2024


Have you been growing frustrated by how long it takes your air conditioner to begin cooling effectively? There are several reasons why your cooling system seems sluggish. We talked with some of our air conditioning experts at Tracey Energy, and these are the common culprits they came up with.


  • Clogged/dirty air filters: A dirty air filter is a prime suspect. It restricts airflow, making the AC work harder and longer to cool your space. Check your filter monthly and replace it as needed.
  • Dirty condenser/evaporator coils: The condenser and evaporator coils are responsible for heat transfer. Buildup of debris on these coils can hinder the efficiency of your air conditioner, so it’s important to schedule regular maintenance with Tracey Energy!
  • Leaking refrigerant: Condensation and minimal liquid in your drip pan is normal, but if you notice excessive liquid in the drip pan, contact us immediately for professional repair.
  • Outdated air conditioning unit: Over time, air conditioning equipment begins to naturally wear down and could take longer to provide adequate cooling.
  • Undersized equipment: An AC unit that’s too small for your home simply won’t be able to keep up with cooling demands.
  • Improper thermostat settings: Setting your thermostat too low will cause your AC to work harder than it should and could damage internal components, causing it to heat a room instead of cooling it. 


If you are experiencing any of these issues with your air conditioning equipment, contact Tracey Energy today so we can assess your current equipment and come up with a proper solution. Our energy-efficient central air systems and ductless mini-splits are excellent upgrade options if it is time to upgrade your current cooling system. We have been proudly serving the heating and cooling needs of Greater New Haven for over 90 years.

Call us at (203) 777-5747 today to schedule your air conditioning service. 

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