Why Did My Cooling Bills Increase?
When the energy bills in your Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home suddenly skyrocket, you want to immediately understand why in order to find a solution and start saving. Often, though, we readily attribute rising energy bills to our air conditioning system. While this is a possibility, it is best to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system to determine if it is operating efficiently. There are several likely culprits that could be contributing to your increased cooling bills.
Your home’s air conditioning system relies on refrigerant to deliver cool air. If refrigerant leaks from somewhere in the lines or the AC unit, the drop in pressure will cause your AC to run for longer periods and consume more energy. You can’t detect a refrigerant leak on your own, so you’ll need a visit from your HVAC professional to find the problem and fix it.
Dirty Air Filter
When life gets busy, you sometimes put aside the small (but significant) chores that keep your home running smoothly. A dirty air filter can block the flow of air through your HVAC system and increase your cooling bills. Because the system must work harder to produce cool air, it might run more often. Check your air filter and if it is clogged with dust and dirt, replace it with a fresh one.
Older AC Unit
All air conditioning units have a limited life span. If yours is older than 10 years, you might need a new AC unit. Not only does an older AC unit have more wear and tear on its components, but older systems are also far less efficient. Installing a new air conditioner can substantially lower your cooling costs and reduce your energy consumption. Check with your HVAC technician to schedule a consultation for replacing it.
High cooling bills can frustrate any homeowner, but the solution is just a phone call away. If you need a professional to diagnose your air conditioning system, call Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning at 904-240-4038.