Top 5 Warning Signs of an Inefficient Air Conditioner
Air conditioning is essential for home comfort in Dallas-Fort Worth. Our HVAC systems work hard to keep us cool all summer long, but if they’re running inefficiently, you’re wasting energy and contributing to unnecessary wear and tear.
Here are the top five signs that your air conditioner could use an efficiency boost:
Unexpectedly High Electric Bills
Electric bills tend to increase during the hottest months of the year. However, if your home’s energy consumption suddenly spikes or is higher than in previous summers, an air conditioning issue is probably to blame.
An HVAC technician can clean and replace components during your annual tune-up to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Keep in mind that your electric bills can also rise slowly as your AC becomes less energy-efficient as it ages. If your system is more than 10 years old and experiencing multiple issues requiring repair, consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient air conditioner.
It’s frustrating when your air conditioner no longer cools your home to the desired temperature or has to run longer to keep your home comfortable.
This may be due to low refrigerant levels. An experienced HVAC technician should test your system for low or leaking coolant and add new refrigerant to restore your air conditioner’s cooling power.
Dirty & Clogged Filters
Your HVAC system requires air filters to block dust and debris, so it won’t clog your system or circulate dirty air.
Clogged filters force your air conditioner to work harder to produce the same airflow. They also allow unfiltered particles into the system, which will dirty the coils and put even more strain on your AC.
Replacing your air filters every few months is an easy but impactful DIY maintenance task.
Leaks are usually due to blocked condensation lines not allowing water to drain properly, which can lead to mold and water damage in your home.
It’s best to call a licensed technician for repair whenever you notice pooling water or refrigerant near your air conditioner.
Inaccurate Thermostat Readings
If your thermostat has a sensor problem, it won’t send the right signals to your air conditioner. Luckily, a qualified HVAC technician can easily fix this by simply repairing or replacing the faulty component.
It’s also possible your thermostat just needs to be recalibrated. Either way, a simple HVAC repair appointment will make your home cool and comfortable again so that you won’t have to keep adjusting the thermostat.
Reduce Inefficiency With Air Conditioning Maintenance From AirCo
AirCo will take care of any necessary cleaning and repairs during your tune-up to improve performance and extend your air conditioner’s life span. We’ll also inspect your system to catch minor issues before they can cause more serious damage and breakdowns.