Going without air conditioning in the summer is brutal. That’s why two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. However, despite so many Americans having an heating ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) only 42% of those homes using central air equipment service it annually through a local air conditioning repair company.
The problem with not servicing your air conditioning unit is that problems may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, which will end up costing you money on your monthly energy bill. In fact, air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of more than $11 billion to homeowners.
Here are a few signs you might need to contact your local air conditioning repair company to service or replace your AC:
- Excess of Humidity in the Home: When your air conditioner isn’t operating properly, has broken parts, or has leaky ductwork, it can cause an excess of humidity in your home. Call your local air conditioning repair company immediately to see if you need a new unit or if they can repair the damage to your existing one.
- Your house is more dusty: Seeing excessive dust in your house can be a sign of leaky ducts. In addition to making you put more work into cleaning your house, your leaky air conditioning unit is costing you more money. When the unit leaks, it takes the air longer to cool or heat to your desired setting, therefore using more energy than normal.
- It’s been years since you’ve replaced or received maintenance for your unit About 20% of the homes built during the 1980s have air conditioning equipment over 20 years old. Your cooling or heating equipment becomes less efficient over time. The physical life of HVAC equipment, similar to personal computers, can often be longer than its economic life. If you are getting your unit serviced regularly by your local air conditioning repair company, they will tell you when it is time to purchase a new unit. If you can’t remember the last time you purchased a new unit, then more than likely it is time to start looking for a new one.