The costs associated with cooling a home can consume a significant portion of the family budget, especially in areas where summer heat and high humidity levels are constant problems. With major increases in utility costs expected, many families are beginning to explore options for making their cooling experience as efficient as possible. While the age of the system is a common cause of cooling efficiency issues, homeowners should also understand that the end result of high cooling costs may also be attributed to operating the air conditioning unit with one or more malfunctioning or worn parts, such as the ones mentioned below.
Air conditioning systems that seem to run for too long or seem to stop and start too frequently may be suffering from problems related to a malfunctioning thermostat. If the current thermostat is outdated or has been damaged in some fashion, it may no longer be able to control the air conditioning system in an efficient manner. Having the thermostat professionally evaluated and upgraded, if necessary, is the first logical step in taking control of home cooling costs and comfort levels.
Small refrigerant leaks that form within a residential air conditioning system often go unnoticed by homeowners until they are significant enough to interfere with the cooling process. Even small refrigerant leaks can result in higher cooling costs due to more frequent cycling of the system and increased wear on expensive components. Having the refrigerant levels checked regularly by a reputable AC service technician is an important way to locate and repair refrigerant leaks as quickly as possible.
Sensors and electrical controls
Modern air conditioning components contain numerous sensors and electrical controls that guide the production and distribution of chilled air throughout the home. If one or more of these sensors or controls are unable to function correctly, the system may begin to function erratically and become increasingly inefficient to operate. Since sensors and electrical controls found in air conditioning equipment are typically very small in size, they can be easily affected by minor impacts, the accumulation of household dust or exposure to moisture and vibrations.
The wiring that connects each sensor or electrical control can also be damaged easily, often due to exposure to excessive heat or humidity. Regular service calls performed by an experienced air conditioning repair service can help assure homeowners that sensors and electrical controls are working correctly to help produce a more efficient cooling experience for their household.