Suboptimal AC efficiency is always a disappointment when temperatures are still high in Plano, TX. It creates not only higher energy costs than is necessary but also a greater need for more frequent repairs and even environmental damage. To help you avoid these consequences, here are four telltale signs of lagging AC efficiency.
1. Falling Performance
If you’ve realized that your AC just isn’t cooling your home as well or as quickly as before, it’s a safe bet that your system’s efficiency is failing. Of course, decreasing efficiency is not the only possible cause of this problem, but it’s a common one.
2. Growing Energy Bills
Increasing energy bills may be the most unpleasant sign that your AC system is no longer as efficient as it once was. If your energy bills have increased, even though it doesn’t feel like you’re using your system more intensively than you have previously, a malfunctioning component or age of the system is likely to blame. To discover the precise nature of the problem, you should schedule a maintenance review.
3. Dirty Air Filters
Over time, your HVAC system’s air filters will inevitably accumulate dust and other debris. If they get too dirty, they will prevent air from flowing smoothly through your system and cut down on its overall efficiency. Luckily, you can usually replace air filters on your own, though our HVAC technician will also do so as part of a seasonal maintenance plan review.
4. Increasingly Frequent Cycling or “Short Cycling”
Cycling is when your AC repeatedly turns on and off in response to indoor temperature changes. Of course, some amount of cycling is entirely normal. But if your unit starts cycling unnecessarily — if there are no temperature changes to justify the behavior — this is a sign of problems. Your system may also struggle to maintain a comfortable temperature. Very long cycles or not cycling off at all is also a sign of reduced efficiency.
If you have an inefficient AC system, you’ll be unhappy and uncomfortable in your Plano, TX home. Call Samm’s Heating and Air Conditioning and request our AC services to diagnose and solve any cooling efficiency issues.
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