A quality air conditioning system can often last for around 15 years, maybe more, while still providing the right level of cooling for a home and without wasting energy. If you have a system that is over 10 years old and you’ve noticed that it isn’t working as well as it should (problems with cooling, increased energy bills), there are some steps you can take to make it work better. Below are a few of them.
ServiceMax Blog: Archive for June, 2015
If you are currently experiencing a rise in your energy bills in your home for which you cannot account, the problem may rest in one of the household appliances. Two appliances to consider—at least during the summer, when the heater isn’t a possible source—are the air conditioner and the water heater. Both will put in work during the summer, and both consume large amounts of energy even under the best situations. Should either develop malfunctions or suffer from excessive wear, it can mean a leap in your bills. In this post, we are going to look at how your water heater (whether a gas-powered or electric-powered model) might end up raising your bills—and what you should do about it.
Considering how many possible things can go wrong with a complex system like a modern air conditioner, it’s impressive that malfunctions are rare during most of their service lives. It helps, of course, to have professionals install an AC in the first place and to provide annual maintenance; these services will reduce repair issues to a minimum.
The modern air conditioner is quite a marvel of engineering. The complex working of its components is the reason that only professionals can effectively diagnose and repair a malfunctioning air conditioner.
Malfunctions with an air conditioning system are not always easy to detect (unless you are a trained HVAC professional). A slight drop in the cooling levels in one of the rooms, a hissing sound from the outdoor condenser unit, an uptick in electrical bills when the AC is running, and water condensation around the indoor unit are all small indications that something is wrong with a residential air conditioner. There are larger and more obvious signs, of course, such as loud grinding sounds, constant short-cycling, or a system that won’t turn on at all.