Summer is officially here! That comes at no surprise to you most likely, since temperatures have been climbing into the 90s in recent weeks. Chances are that you’re already using your air conditioner pretty frequently. Hopefully you haven’t run into any large problems.
However well you think your air conditioner is working though, take a look at your utility bills. If your costs are rising over what you paid last year despite comparable use, then your air conditioner might be losing its efficiency.
Why Is My AC Efficiency Dropping?
A Dirty Condenser: When your air conditioning system is out of use during the winter, your outdoor condenser unit can obtain a layer of dust and other debris. This doesn’t allow your evaporator coil to effectively release heat, so that your air conditioner has to work harder. Cleaning your condenser coil is not something you should attempt on your own; this should be done by a professional.
Clogged Air Filters: Your air conditioning system comes standard with an air filter that protects its inside components. When your AC system is in use, this air filter can become clogged. As a result, there will be a restriction of air flow, which will cause energy drain. Therefore, your air filter should be changed every 1–3 months. Be sure to check on your filter each month to see if it does need to be cleaned or changed.
The System Is Aging: You may take care of your air conditioner as diligently as possible every year, however eventually it’s going to wear down. As AC systems age, they can start to develop a drop in energy efficiency. But how do you know if your system is too old? In general, a professionally installed and serviced air conditioner lasts approximately 10–15 years. If yours has aged beyond this, it’s definitely time for you to call a technician to see if a replacement would be recommended.
Call your air conditioning experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!