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What’s Causing a Spike in My AC Bill?

Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 11:00 am

air-conditioning-technicianFall has arrived and temperatures have cooled off in many places across the United States. But here in Central California, we know that we’ll need to rely on our air conditioners for a little while longer. If you’ve noticed a rise in your energy bill this season but haven’t made any drastic changes in your cooling habits, your air conditioner isn’t working as efficiently as it should be.

We’ve created this list to help you pinpoint this issue that’s caused your AC bill to rise but it’s still important to have a professional take a look at your system and determine if you’ll need any repairs. Our technicians at Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating perform the best air conditioning repairs in Visalia, CA and we’re prepared to fix your system too.

Reasons Your Bill Has Skyrocketed

Leaky Ducts

If you’re having AC problems and can’t find the cause, it might be your ducts. Ducts tend to be out of sight and out of mind, but they have a significant impact on your home. Have a certified technician come out and check your ducts for torn insulation, disconnects, holes, or blockages. When the ducts aren’t performing at full capacity, the cool air doesn’t move through your home as efficiently as it should, no matter how hard your air conditioning unit is working. Getting regular maintenance can help you avoid this issue in the future.

Inadequate Refrigerant Levels

If you have a healthy system, you shouldn’t have to refill the refrigerant levels often. This is a common misconception among homeowners. If your refrigerant levels are inadequate it’s because your previous technician charged your system incorrectly. Refrigerant loss quickly becomes a detriment to your system because it allows ice to accumulate on the coils, which reduces cooling power. You need a professional that understands the particulars of refrigerant and how to meet your manufacturer’s standards when filling your system.

Bad Insulation

If you don’t have proper insulation, the cool air blowing throughout your home will leak right out. Insulation helps maintain your home’s cool temperatures and if it’s not up to par, it will reflect in the increased prices of your bills. Don’t make your air conditioner work overtime only to have the cool air escape. Call a professional to assess your insulation and make sure it’s aiding your cooling process instead of hindering it.

Old Age

Don’t use your unit past its prime. We know that it’s tempting to keep operating your old unit through its flaws rather than shelling out the cash for a brand-new unit and installation. Although this may seem convenient, it’s actually an inconvenience to you. Old appliances are inefficient and drive up your electric bill because they are working harder to perform actions that only meet the bare minimum levels of comfort.

What You Can Do

An inefficient HVAC system is a burden, but you don’t have to continue to operate a bad unit. Have our team at Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating come out and assess your system from start to finish and make any of the necessary repairs so you can stay cool in our Central Valley heat.

If you need AC repairs, contact us today to schedule service.

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