3 Reasons Why Your Air Conditioning System May Be To Blame For Higher Than Normal Electric Bills

When you turn your air conditioning system on for the summer, it is natural for your electricity bill to be higher. But, if you suddenly receive electricity bills that are significantly higher, especially compared to the previous summer, it may signify a problem with your air conditioning system. Don't make the mistake of ignoring the issue and simply continuing to pay the much higher bills. It is in your best interest to have your air conditioning unit inspected and serviced or repaired by an experienced HVAC contractor in order to solve the issue. Some of the most common reasons your air conditioner can cause abnormally high electric bills include the following.

Maintenance Is Neglected

If you own a home, you should have your air conditioning system inspected and tuned up annually, preferably during the spring months before you begin using your air conditioner. An inspection and tune-up identifies problems and ensures that every component of your air conditioning system is lubricated and in the best condition possible. If you do not get your air conditioning system inspected and tuned up, it will not be able to operate at the most efficient level possible. This means that it will have to run longer to properly cool off your home, which results in higher electricity bills.

Ducts Are Leaking

Leaking air ducts can also be the culprit behind your higher-than-normal electricity bills in the summer months. Your home has a system of air ducts that transfer the cold air created by your air conditioner's condenser unit into your home and through the air vents. If any of the air ducts develop a crack or hole, or the seams connecting the air ducts come loose, the cold air can begin seeping out. If this happens, your air conditioning unit is producing a lot of cold air that is not actually making its way into your home. In the event you do have an air duct leak, having it repaired can help reduce your electricity bill.

Parts Are Failing

After many summers of use, the components inside your air conditioning unit can wear out and begin to fail. This can happen to the capacitor, compressor, or condenser motor. When one of these important parts is not working properly, the rest of the system tries to pick up the slack by working harder, but the air conditioning unit still has to run longer, which is why your electric bill may be high. In this type of situation, it is important to have your air conditioner inspected so you can have the failing part replaced before your air conditioner stops working completely. 

For more information or help with repairs, contact a local heating and air conditioning company. 

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In a few, short months, my spouse and I will begin the construction process to build a much needed addition onto our small home. The addition will include a den and a master suite. But because our home will be much larger after the building process is complete, we will need to update our HVAC system. After speaking with our knowledgeable HVAC contractor, we’ve decided to purchase a second heating and air conditioning unit for our home. This additional unit will be considerably smaller than our current one. It will only heat and cool the new addition to our house. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best options for heating and cooling a home after building an addition onto it.

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