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Why Is My AC Costing So Much to Run?

Modern air conditioning systems are not only more effective and reliable than ever, but more efficient as well. No matter how efficient your air conditioner may be, of course, cooling your home is going to come with a price tag. But if you notice that your air conditioner is costing much more to run than it has in previous years, or if you see a significant and inexplicable jump in cooling costs from one billing cycle to the next, there may be a problem with your air conditioner that is forcing it to work at reduced efficiency levels. If you suspect this to be the case, schedule professional air conditioning service right away.

Clogged Air Filter

Do you change your air filter regularly? If you are just counting on your AC technician to do so during your maintenance services, then your filter is not being changed as frequently as it should. Generally, an air filter is going to have to be changed every 2 to 3 months, though many cheaper air filters will require monthly changes. If your filter clogs up, it is going to increase airflow resistance in your system, which in turn leaves your AC working harder to distribute conditioned air throughout your home.

Dirty Evaporator Coils/Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, or even if its evaporator coil is just very dirty, the heat transfer process is going to be impeded. The refrigerant in your system is evaporated in this coil as it absorbs heat. If your system does not have enough refrigerant within, or if its evaporator coil is coated with dust, dirt, and grime, it is going to fail to cool your home as effectively as it otherwise would, and you’ll wind up paying more for a weaker performance, as your system struggles to cool your home regardless.

Insufficient Maintenance

When you want to get a great performance from any home cooling system, you must schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. When you do, you can rest assured in knowing that every component in that system is working properly, so that your system as a whole can operate efficiently. Be sure to call our number when you need to schedule exceptional AC maintenance.

Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. is here to handle your AC service needs in Washington, D.C.

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