An air conditioner draws on a large amount of electricity to run. The compressor consumes, on average, 3,500 watts per hour to run, making it one of the biggest consumers of electrical power in a household. In a place where it gets as hot during the summer as Phoenix, electric bills rise when the air conditioners run.
But you’re not thinking about the standard increase in electrical costs during an Arizona summer. You’ve got bills that have you puzzled and maybe alarmed. You’re paying a lot more than ever before, and there’s no easy reason to account for it. So what’s happening? And, more importantly, what can you do about it?
We handle HVAC services in Avondale, AZ and throughout the Phoenix Metro Area, so we know plenty about how ACs can turn expensive. We’ll look at what may be happening and what can be done.
Have you been skipping air conditioning maintenance?
Be honest, because this is one of the biggest causes for AC costs spiraling out of control. Your air conditioner needs to have an annual inspection and tune-up from HVAC professionals, or else it will decline and lose energy efficiency. This means more repairs and a shorter system service life. It also means rising costs to run the AC. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for a few years, this is almost certainly the reason you’ve got higher bills.
The solution is simple: schedule maintenance! It’s never too late to get started on it, and we’re still in early summer. Our Ultimate Service Club Agreement not only provides you with regular HVAC maintenance so you won’t forget about it in the future, but comes with other benefits.
The AC has a clogged air filter that hasn’t been changed for a clean one
This is one of the simplest explanations for increased cooling costs in a home. Thankfully, it’s one of the easiest to fix. The filter in your AC isn’t designed to be in place for longer than three months, and it may need monthly replacements depending on the filter type and how much you use the AC. If you didn’t change the filter at the start of the season, it’s probably clogged, and this obstruction will force the AC to overwork and run up costs.
The air conditioner has a major malfunction
You might think of “AC troubles” as anything that causes the air conditioner to fail to cool the house. But there are many air conditioning malfunctions that won’t affect cooling capacity (at least not at first) but which will cause the system to drain more power. Take this increase in the cost to run the AC as the warning sign you need to call technicians to look into it and find repairs—before the problem does affect your comfort.
The AC needs to be replaced
Is your air conditioning system more than 10 years old? More than 15? If so, out-of-control costs are a big flashing sign that the air conditioner is at the end of its service life. Ours professionals can give your AC a general check and then tell you if repairs are worthwhile or if it’s time for a replacement.
Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating is your HVAC Contractor in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Kick back and relax—we’ll keep you cool.