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Unusually High Energy Bill? The AC Could Be to Blame

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Using your air conditioner during the summer will naturally raise your energy bill in Ballinger, TX. If the bills keep increasing once you’ve set up a consistent cooling schedule, though, something is wrong. Below, we’ll give some ways that your AC can be behind your abnormally high energy bill and how you can respond.

Poor Airflow and Strain on the Motor

To run efficiently, your AC should meet with no obstacles to airflow. This means no clogged filters, no debris in the ducts and no closed or blocked supply vents. Any hindrance to airflow will force the AC motor to work harder to circulate the same consistent amount of air, hence the increase in your energy bill.

Obstacles to Heat Transfer

Over time, the evaporator and condenser coils build up dirt and grime, which will prevent them from removing heat from your home. As a result, your air will remain lukewarm, your AC will run longer to cool the inside and you’ll pay more for unsatisfactory performance.

Faulty Components

A bad motor or other faulty component may cause your energy bill to skyrocket. Sometimes, it’s the thermostat that’s to blame. It’s possible the thermostat is not calibrated correctly, switching your AC on when the temperature is actually where you’d like it to be.

Clean and Maintain Your AC

Regular maintenance can prevent many of these issues. A technician can calibrate the thermostat and clean the coils, among other tasks. For your part, make sure to change the filter every 90 days and check to see if you’ve blocked any vents with rugs or furniture.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

Call Bowles Heating and Cooling for AC maintenance or repairs in Ballinger. We guarantee you’ll love the work that our fully licensed and insured team does. We’re a family-owned and -operated company that specializes in Trane and Mitsubishi Electric products, but we can tackle projects on any AC brand or model.

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