Why Is My Electric Bill So High?
Living in SW Florida means running our air conditioners nearly year-round. However, if you are experiencing higher than normal electric bills, it could be a sign of a loss in efficiency due to issues with your AC unit.
We have outlined a few factors that can cause your unit to struggle, which typically results in higher utility bills.
Dirty Air Filter Affects My Electric Bill
Your air filter is a vital component of your AC, protecting you and your equipment from dust and debris. When the filter is not replaced, dust, bacteria and other particulates build up and air flow becomes restricted.
This causes your unit to work harder and longer to cool your home, which in turn, results in an increase in your energy bill.
WHAT TO DO: Change your air filter every month for healthier air, increased efficiency, and a lower utility bill.
If you need information on what type of filter to purchase, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Dirty Condenser Coils Means High Electric Bill
Dirty condenser coils cause your AC to run for longer periods of time, increasing the wear and tear on your unit.
If the coils are covered in dirt, the heat can’t be released. This prevents your HVAC system from reaching the desired temperature setting on your thermostat.
WHAT TO DO: Keep the outdoor condenser free of dirt, twigs, debris, and leaves. We recommend adjusting your landscape to 2-3 ft. away from your outdoor unit.
Then, contact us for a thorough evaluation, to make sure everything is in good working order.
Low Refrigerant Levels Can Affect My Energy Bill
While a dirty condenser coil can affect the temperature and cause your AC to overheat, the same can be said for low refrigerant levels. Without an adequate amount of refrigerant, your system will not properly cool your home causing your unit to overheat.
This results in your unit working harder to try and satisfy the thermostat, which means an increase in energy usage.
Below are signs your system may be overheating:
- Your home is taking longer than usual to cool down
- The unit is working particularly hard to cool down on hotter days
- The outside unit is covered in ice
WHAT TO DO: Avoid the desire to add more refrigerant! There is no way for your system to be low on refrigerant unless there is a leak in the system.
Therefore, we recommend calling us first to check for leaks in the line. Then, we will drain the current refrigerant to repair the leak and any other issues.
Lack Of Maintenance Can Affect My Energy Bill
Maintaining your AC is one of the most significant things you can do to prevent high electric bills.
Our technicians have all the tools necessary to determine the condition and performance of your system and its components. Count on us to perform a thorough cleaning and evaluation to ensure your system is running efficiently.
An Aging AC Means A High Electric Bill
If your AC is approaching 10+ years, then it may be time for a new AC. Just like your car, components within your unit experience wear-n-tear over time, causing inefficiency. Unfortunately, this means it takes more energy to cool your home.
A more efficient AC can save you money in the long run.
WHAT TO DO: If you are experiencing frequent repair issues and paying higher utility bills, it may be time to replace your AC unit. Contact us for recommendations.
The bottom line is…whenever you suspect your air conditioner unit is not working properly, call us right away for AC Repair.
Sunset Air and Home Services has been serving SW Florida residents just like you, for over 20 years. We take pride in ensuring our customers are treated with the utmost respect and understand the services performed. Contact us for all things HVAC. (239) 693-9005