Living in Texas, being hot and sticky during the summer is not only bothersome, but when your A/C runs constantly it can become costly. If your system seems to be running constantly, here are the Top 3 Tips from Ken’s AC to help either fix the problem or at least find the source of your problem.
- Check Your Air Filter for Immediate Relief!
When was the last time you changed your air filter? If it’s been more than 30 days, it’s probably dirt restricting air flow. This will cut down on the amount of cool air your air conditioner can produce, which in turn will make your A/C run more through the day. When your air filter is clogged, your air handler must work harder to compensate.Would you believe that replacing your filter monthly is the easiest thing to do to ensure your system works more efficiently and lower your energy bills during the summer months?
- Air Conditioner Coils Covered in Dirt?
Dirt, in the form of grass clippings, pet hair or mud will block the air flow. What happens with reduced air flow… diminished performance, lower energy efficiency and your A/C running non-stop. Condenser coils need to be cleaned because they are exposed to the outdoor elements. You can maintain condenser coil efficiency by simply hosing down the unit. Make sure to turn off any electrical power to your system first! The evaporator coils are harder to get to but are just as susceptible to debris buildup because of being exposed to airflow that could have airborne dust, dirt, or pet dander particles. Homeowners should have one of our qualified service technicians perform a system tune-up that includes inspecting your condenser and evaporator coils.
- Proper Size of Your System?
Having a properly sized air conditioning system is imperative for proper cooling operation. If your system is too small, then it is going to have to work harder to cool your home which over time will increase the wear and tear on your unit and reduce its life. If your system is too large, it won’t effectively dehumidify the air in your home because of the shorter run times which will result in a moist, clammy climate and could result in higher utility bills.During the tune-up that cleans your coils, our technicians will also check to ensure that your system is operating at the optimal run cycles.
Address issues before they become problems.
Chances are it is something simple. Even if it is a more significant problem, dealing with the repairs now will greatly reduce your bills in the future.
Any of the above reasons can cause your air conditioner to run more often than it needs to, which will cost you more money. Your best bet is to contact Ken’s Heating and Air to let them know you have an A/C system running constantly.