How High Bills Signal a Need for Air Conditioning Repair

When summer approaches, you expect to pay more on your energy bill. But when your bill is well above the average amount, don’t let this number continue to increase. A higher-than-expected summer energy bill is quite possibly caused by a component of your air conditioning system that needs repair or replacement and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Air conditioners today are built for efficiency since modern guidelines prohibit air conditioning systems from consuming too much energy. Therefore, if you purchased your air conditioner less than ten years ago and it does not seem to be running as efficiently as it once was, it’s probably time for repair.

High energy bills generally mean your air conditioning system is compensating for a damaged component. One component that often causes problems for homeowners is the compressor. This part is vital because it changes the refrigerant into a high pressure gas. If this component is damaged, the efficiency of your system is greatly compromised.

Another component of your system that may affect efficiency is the evaporator coil. If this coil is dirty, the proper heat exchange may not be able to take place. However, your thermostat contains a sensor which indicates that your system should run until it reaches a certain temperature. If it cannot reach this temperature, it may run continuously, driving up your energy bill.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid high energy bills in the future. Before the cooling season begins every year, call a maintenance technician to inspect your system for damage, adjust the refrigerant levels, and clean the components of your system. This can keep your system running efficiently for a longer period of time.

If your system is over ten years old, the loss of efficiency may simply signal the need for a new air conditioner. Air conditioners become worn down over time, and newer air conditioners offer far more energy-efficient options. In fact, a top-of-the-line system from fifteen years ago may be nowhere near as efficient as those sold today.

If you felt panicked when you looked over your energy bill this month, contact Mid-State Air Conditioning and Heating for air conditioning repair in Nashville, TN and let us help you get to the root of the problem. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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