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How Your Air Conditioner Can Cause Your Electric Bill To Skyrocket

by Amy Henry

Obviously, your electric bill will increase when your air conditioner is working full force.  That's to be expected. But when your electric bill ends up being extremely higher than you expect, it may be time to do a bit of investigating to see if there's something wrong with your air conditioning system. Here are a few things that could cause your air conditioner to use more electricity than it should. 

Dirty Air Filter

Air filters collect dirt and dust so they don't interfere with the operation of the air conditioner. When air filters are full, no air will be allowed to get through the filters and into the system. This could cause your air conditioner to work harder and use more electricity. Air filters will either be replaceable or require regular cleaning. 

The first thing to do is to check your air filter(s) to see if they need to be changed or cleaned. It's important to always stay on a regular schedule to change or clean your air conditioner's air filter(s). While a monthly reminder in your calendar may help you stay on track, it's a good idea to check the filters in between scheduled changes, especially during the hottest times of the year. Also, be sure to replace or clean filters after any extensive home interior projects, such as sanding a wood floor, remodeling your kitchen, or any other project that creates more dust in your home than usual. 

Choked condensing coil

A big misconception about air conditioners is that they add cool air. Actually, air conditioners work by removing hot air, cooling it, then returning the cooled air to the home. The condensing coil is what cools the hot air from inside your home. The hot air moves over the condensing coil, which has refrigerant inside to cool the air. The cooled air then gets forced into the air handler via a fan.

If there is dirt or dust on the condensing coil, the hot air will not be cooled. The system will continue to remove hot air from the home and the condenser will continue to operate, because the air forced back into the home is not cool enough to reach the temperature setting in the thermostat that signals the air conditioning system to turn off.

Hire an air conditioning service to inspect the coils and clean them if necessary. If an abnormal amount of dirt and debris is found, try to determine why so you can find a solution to prevent it from happening again. For example, if a nearby tree or shrub has dispersed an excessive amount of pollen into the unit, you may want to consider removing the plant or schedule regular coil cleaning. 

Low refrigerant pressure

The coils contain refrigerant, which needs to be under optimal pressure in order for the system to work. An air conditioning unit that has little or no refrigerant will not cool the air over the coils. Refrigerant levels don't get reduced due to usage, such as how gasoline gets used by your vehicle. The reason for this is because the system is closed and looped. Therefore, if your air conditioner has little or no refrigerant, it means you have a leak. 

Refrigerant leaks can be caused by a crack, hole, or other type of damage. Leaks can also be forced in a dangerous trend in which people huff refrigerant from air conditioning units in order to get high. Hire an air conditioning service to test your refrigerant level. If it is low, the system will need to be inspected for leakage. If the damage is obviously intentional, you may want to call your local law enforcement. 

For more information, contact a company like A Bailey Plumbing.

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