The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog
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The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog

Welcome to my blog. When it comes to taking care of appliances, it can be an art. You have to use them correctly, know how to look for signs of trouble and understand how to do simple repairs. Hi, my name is Kelsey, and in this blog, I am going to write everything I know about appliances and related topics. This is my first blog, but I have written in many other types of venues before -- I'm even old enough to have had a 'zine (if you can believe that). I live with my husband, my three daughters, and our dog. Cleaning pet hair of of the dryer and repairing blades on the blender has become my specialty over the years. Enjoy reading!

The Art of Appliance Service: An Appliance Blog

High Humidity Levels: The Air Conditioner Could Be To Blame

Leevi Saari

When you think of a warm day in the summer, the high temperature is only a part of your discomfort. It's the high humidity level that is at the core of your discomfort. For this reason, if there is an issue with excess humidity in your home, you want to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Learn why your air conditioner system should be the first place you look to resolve the issue.

Look at the Refrigerant 

One of the first places you should look when you experience an issue with increased humidity is the refrigerant. Refrigerant plays a critical role in the cooling process. As air from the outside cycles through your system, the refrigerant works to remove heat and moisture from the air. 

As a result, when the charge for the refrigerant is low, this moisture-removing process cannot occur, which will cause more moisture to circulate through the air, ultimately making your home feel more humid. A refrigerant recharge will typically resolve this issue for you.

Monitor the Fan Speed

Take a moment to look at the fan speed inside your air conditioner. Many homeowners are not aware that their units come from the manufacturer with pre-set fan speed, and that this setting can be adjusted. What's important to remember is that the speed of the fan directly impacts the rate at which moisture is able to be removed from the cooled air. 

Typically, if you live in a climate that is humid, lower fan speeds are better than faster speeds. The reason for this is that the higher speed moves the air too fast, and ultimately lowers the rate at which moisture is able to be removed from the air. 

Clean the Coils

Make certain an issue with the coils is not to blame for the humidity issues you are experiencing. Similar to the refrigerant, coils play a large role in the moisture-removal process. Consequently, when the coils are covered in dirt or dust, they are not able to perform efficiently, which means less moisture is removed from the cooled air.

Dirty coils can even reduce the rate at which the air in the unit is cooled. A professional coil cleaning can resolve the moisture issues, keep your home cooler, and keep your unit in better condition overall. 

If you experience a humidity problem in your home, it's a good idea to have an air conditioning services technician look over your unit. Contact a professional to have your unit assessed.