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Why Is My AC Costing More to Operate?

During the summer, you are obviously going to be using your air conditioner more often than the rest of the year. You can expect your monthly electric bills to rise as you rely on your air conditioner more often. However, if your monthly bills start to rise more sharply than they should, it could indicate a problem with your system. Let’s take a look at what might be making your air conditioner more costly to operate.

It Is Old

The simplest explanation is that your air conditioner is simply too old to keep up as well as it once did. Air conditioners tend to last around 20 years, and the older they get, the more wear and tear they accumulate. This causes the system to lose efficiency, which forces it to operate for longer and longer periods of time. This added operating time is reflected in your monthly costs. Unfortunately, if this is the case, the only thing you can really do is replace the system.

Refrigerant Leaks

If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, it will drain the air conditioner of the fluid that it needs to operate properly. This will cause the output of the air conditioner to drop. Just like the above problem, the system will have to operate for longer periods of time in order to compensate for the lost output. This is a much more dangerous issue, because it can cause a full system breakdown even if the air conditioner is relatively young. Make sure to call for repairs if you notice fluid of any kind dripping from your air conditioner, or if your monthly bills are going up.

Switzerland Air offers a full range of air conditioning repair services throughout Angleton, TX. Call today to schedule a repair appointment with one of our air conditioning experts.

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