Your AC is critical for a healthy and comfortable home throughout the warm season. And while the system normally needs the energy to function, extremely high energy consumption may signify a problem. Below are some potential culprits for unusually high AC electricity bills.
The AC Filters Are Clogged
The AC filters filter out dirt, dust, and other airborne particles from the air before clean air enters the AC unit. However, the debris may stick to the filter over time and cause a blockage. Consequently, air cannot pass through as freely, and the AC has to work harder to cool your home. This extra effort requires more energy and raises your electricity bill.
To prevent this issue, check the filters and clean the component regularly. You should also replace the filter every few months to ensure optimal AC efficiency.
The AC Is Old
Your AC, like any other appliance, will slowly lose efficiency with age. As a result, the appliance has to work harder and longer to achieve the same results, which means increased energy consumption. Therefore, if you have had your AC for many years, consider a replacement to cut down on energy bills.
As you shop for a new unit, look for an ENERGY STAR-certified model. These products have superior energy efficiency compared to other appliances and can help you save on your electricity bill.
The AC Is the Wrong Size
An AC that is too small for your home will work overtime to cool the property. Conversely, a unit that is too large will also have inefficiencies. In both cases, the appliance will use more energy than necessary, and you’ll see a significant spike in your electricity bill.
To get the right size AC for your home, consult a professional. The expert can help you determine the square footage of your property and other factors to make an educated recommendation.
The AC Parts Are Failing
The air conditioning unit relies on multiple parts to function correctly. If these components fail or do not work as efficiently as they should, you will likely notice unusually high AC energy bills.
For example, suppose the motor is faulty. In that case, the motors may run continuously, even when the AC is not cooling your home. This issue can quickly lead to an increase in energy consumption and a higher electricity bill.
In the same way, if the capacitor is damaged, the AC will have to work harder to start up. This problem can also lead to higher energy costs.
If you suspect that any of the parts in your AC are not working as they should, reach out to a professional for help. The technician can inspect the unit and make necessary repairs or replacements.
The Duct Is Leaky
The duct is the system of pipes that carries cool air throughout your home. If the duct has any holes or leaks, conditioned air can escape. As a result, the AC will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature in your home, which causes an increase in energy consumption.
Besides high energy bills, you can tell if the duct leaks if your space does not cool evenly or if certain rooms are warmer than others. If you need help patching up the duct, call in a professional.
The Refrigerant Is Low
The refrigerant is a special fluid that helps to cool the air in your home. If there is not enough of this substance in the AC, the system cannot adequately cool your home. In some cases, ice may form on the coils, which again necessitates more energy to break past the ice, thus a higher electricity bill.
Whichever the cause of high AC energy consumption, you can trust us at Jennings Heating and cooling to inspect and service your unit to restore the system’s efficiency. We are experts in air conditioning and can help you save money on your electricity bills. Contact us for a consultation.