Why Does It Cost So Much to Run My AC?

air-conditioner-on-pile-of-wasted-moneyThe heat can be killer here in Texas, even down along the coast. Each summer, you’ll see higher electrical bills when you have the air conditioning system running for longer in order to maintain a comfortable household. All the electricity flowing to the AC motors and the compressor adds up: it can be costly to run an air conditioner over a hot summer.

However, there are upper limits on what you should expect to see on your electrical bills during the season. If your bills start rising higher than this, your air conditioner is costing more than it should. We’ll look into some of the reasons an air conditioning system might become too expensive to operate and what you can do about it.

If you require air conditioning repair in Corpus Christi, TX or the surrounding areas to fix energy-wasting problems, we offer 24-hour emergency service to help you.

Clogged Air Filter

This is one of the simplest reasons for an air conditioner becoming expensive to run, and thankfully it’s an easy fix. The filter designed to protect the interior of the air conditioner will eventually clog up (it can take from 1 to 6 months depending on the filter strength and type) and restrict airflow. This forces the fan motor to work harder than necessary. Change the filter for a new one, and make a regular habit of checking on the filter once a month.

Missed Air Conditioning Maintenance

We say it often, and we’ll say it again: an air conditioning system must have annual spring maintenance in order for it to remain in peak shape. When you start to miss regular maintenance, wear and tear will get a foothold on the system and cause it to decline in efficiency. You can sign up for our Service Efficiency Agreement to have regular maintenance taken care of each year.

Air Leaks in the Ventilation System

The trouble may originate in the ducts, rather than the AC itself. Air leaks along the duct walls allow cooled air to escape—sometimes up to 30% of the air in the ventilation system—and that’s money going to waste. You pay to cool that air, but it never reaches the living spaces. Professionals can seal the ducts to restore the system to peak function.

Poorly Installed System

If you turned to amateurs to install your air conditioner in the first place, the problem may be that the AC is the wrong size for your home. A system that’s either too powerful or not powerful enough will become an energy waster. Unfortunately, the only sure fix for this is to have a new system installed… and make sure that experienced professionals install it this time. Our technicians will calculate the cooling load in your home so we know exactly how powerful an AC you need.

With the exception of something basic like changing the air filter, leave the tasks of fixing an air conditioner’s efficiency troubles to professionals. You only need to contact our team to arrange for whatever air conditioning service is necessary, including installing a new air conditioner.

Justice Air Conditioning & Heating—Your air conditioning expert in Corpus Christi.

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