As the weather keeps getting hotter during the year, your home’s air conditioner is going to put in more and more work. Make sure during this time that you keep a close watch on your utility bills, since an increase often means that the air conditioner is starting to lose its energy efficiency. You may still be receiving the cooling levels that you need from the AC, but at a higher cost. Below are reasons that this efficiency decline might start to happen.
The air conditioner is too old
When an AC system is more than 15 years old, it will begin to wear down past the point where repairs and maintenance will be able to get it to completely recovered. If your air conditioning system has reached this age, a rise in the cost to run it is a good sign that it’s time to have a replacement put in. If you put in a special high-efficiency AC for a new system (and the HERO Program can help with that) you’ll end up with tremendous savings.
You haven’t changed the filter recently
The air filter in an HVAC system prevents the interior of the air conditioner and furnace from sustaining damage from dust and dirt that enter through the return ducts. If this filter isn’t clean of debris, it will choke off airflow and force the system to overwork. The filter usually needs to be changed (or cleaned) every one to three months, so check on it monthly to see if it’s congested.
The outdoor coil requires cleaning
The outside condenser cabinet may have dirt in it, which will interfere with the coil’s ability to release heat. This will cut into the system’s efficiency. However, don’t attempt to clean it on your own. Professionals need to remove the coil and clean it off so that it doesn’t sustain damage or develop leaks.
General repair needs
There are many malfunctions that can make an air conditioner work harder than it should. Trust HVAC technicians to locate the problem and repair it so you don’t have to pay so much for a cool house.
Call JW Heating and Air for air conditioning repairs in San Gabriel Valley, CA.