7 Signs You’re Overworking Your Air Conditioner

Overworking Your Air ConditionerFeeling overworked and underappreciated? Your air conditioner may be able to commiserate. Too often, people force their cooling units to work too hard to keep up with the demands of summer heat. If you notice any of the following signs, there’s a good chance your cooling system may be overworked.

7 Signs You Are Overworking Your Air Conditioner

  1. Shocking Increases in Your Energy Bills
    As your system works harder to keep up with cooling demands due to neglected maintenance, broken or worn parts, your monthly utility bills will rise. If your energy bills have suddenly spiked, it may be a good time to call for HVAC repair service.
  2. Your Air Conditioner Struggles to Cool Your Home
    If you keep turning down the temperature on your thermostat and your system cannot keep up, your system could be in need of serious repair. If you’ve checked your system and you are sure a dirty air filter isn’t what’s causing your AC to struggle, you could need a new compressor, or additional refrigerant.
  3. Your Home is Uncomfortably Humid
    If your home is sticky and uncomfortable even with the air conditioner running, coil or drainage issues could be to blame.
  4. You Are Wearing Out Your Thermostat Buttons
    Like the call button for the elevator, pressing your thermostat buttons to crank down the temperature can be mentally fulfilling. However, also like the elevator, this will not make your AC cool your home any faster. Set it and forget it. If your system can’t keep up, you have other issues.
  5. Your House has Warm and Cool Spots
    If some areas of your home are cooler than others, your system may be struggling to compensate for ductwork leaks and disconnections, a failing thermostat, or burned out compressor.
  6. You Hear Strange Noises
    Strange noises often indicate system issues that impact the performance of your system. Learn which AC noises are normal, and which could indicate a more serious issue.
  7. Your HVAC System Leaks
    Leaking refrigerant is not only detrimental to performance, but also to your health. Ditto with drainage blocks and leaks, which can cause mold issues and poor AC performance.

Your System Needs a Little R&R Too

Give it the attention it needs with regular professional maintenance. A routine system service from your air conditioning company can take a load off your system, addressing key issues that force your system to work harder. While some systems over 10-years old are simply in need of retirement, many issues are easy and inexpensive to address. Scheduling a maintenance visit could help you take a load off your air conditioner, addressing common issues such as an air filter change, coil cleaning, malfunctioning thermostat, or refrigerant recharge.

Don’t let your system suffer. Take a load off your system and your energy bills with the help of the local heating and air conditioning service pros at H & H Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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