According to HowStuffWorks, there are several reasons why an air conditioner blows cold air but does not cool a room. Cleaning part of the unit is sometimes necessary to address the problem. It is possible that a part is malfunctioning or missing. It is also possible that the unit is too small for the room, that the space lacks sufficient insulation or that the thermostat is set too high.Know More
HowStuffWorks recommends first checking that the temperature of the thermostat is set properly. Then check both the filter and the cooling coils for dirt if a unit is not providing sufficient cooling. A dirty air filter in the unit impedes air flow through the cooling coils and prevents the cool air from exchanging with the warmer air in the room.
About.com notes that portable air conditioners require a duct to expel hot air outside the cooled space. If this duct is leaky or missing, the unit blows both cool and hot air from the front of the unit instead of funneling the heat outside. With correct installation, these units help to cool a stubbornly hot room.
According to the Department of Energy, ducts for a central HVAC system develop leaks. In a home where one room remains hot while the rest of the house is cooled, it is important to inspect ducts for leaks and make any necessary repairs. It is also important to make sure that the air conditioner is rated high enough for the space that needs cooling. Both the size of a room and adverse conditions, such as heat from cooking appliances or insufficient insulation, affect how well a unit cools a room.Learn more about Heating & Cooling
An air conditioner's capacity must be sized to fit the square footage of the room. If the air conditioner is too large, it turns off and on too quickly and wastes energy. If it is too small, it can't cool the room to a comfortable temperature.Full Answer >
Portable air conditioning units are easily moved appliances used to cool a room. British Thermal Units are the amount of heat an AC unit can remove from a room. One BTU is the amount of heat required to raise 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
A 10,000 BTU air conditioner has 10,000 British Thermal Units of cooling capacity, or energy production required to remove heat from a room. This is a medium-sized capacity unit. Window air conditioners normally range from 5,000 BTU to 24,000 BTUs.Full Answer >
A 4,000 BTU air conditioner has 4,000 British Thermal Units of cooling capacity, or energy production required to remove heat from a room. This is a very small capacity unit. Window air conditioners normally range from 5,000 BTU to 24,000 BTU.Full Answer >