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Why Are My Cooling Costs So High?

As modern homeowners with modern HVAC systems, we have the luxury of living in great comfort all year long. However, neither heating nor cooling our homes comes for free. If you start to notice that your air conditioning costs are higher than normal, or if there is a sudden spike from one billing period to the next, you may have a problem with your system that is causing it to function less efficiently than it ought to. These problems may range in their severity and potential for serious damages, but the fact remains that it is always in your best interest to schedule prompt air conditioning repairs.

Refrigerant Leaks

One of the most serious problems that can lead to low efficiency levels is a refrigerant leak. Your AC system is designed to work with a specific amount of refrigerant. If you have a refrigerant leak, or if your system was not correctly charged to begin with, then it is not going to cool your home as effectively or efficiently as possible. The heat absorption process will be compromised, likely leaving you to pay more money for a weaker performance from your system.

Dirty Filters

We’ve said it time and time again, but you, as the homeowner, really must keep up with the air filter changes that your system requires. If your air filter is clogged, your system is going to work harder than it should have to in order to distribute cooled air throughout your home. This reduced airflow can lead to other issues as well, further compounding the problem.

Frozen Evaporator Coil

Ice on your system is never a good sign. Your evaporator coil may actually freeze up as the result of either of the first two problems mentioned here, or simply because it is not clean enough. Whatever the case, an iced-over evaporator coil is going to have a much more difficult time facilitating the evaporation of refrigerant and the transfer of heat, and the extra effort on the part of your system will be reflected in your cooling costs.

Contact House Call Company for truly great air conditioning services in Williamsburg, VA.

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