Top Mistakes Homeowners Make with Their Air Conditioner—Part 1

Home air conditioner

Posted: July 13, 2018

A properly functioning air conditioning system makes it easy for you to beat the heat. But a slew of problems—from costly repairs to comfort problems to high utility bills—can happen if you make common mistakes like these.

Neglecting your system

If you notice that your air conditioning system is not keeping your home as comfortable as before and your electric bills have increased dramatically, you may be making the biggest mistake of all: failing to have your system serviced on a regular basis.

Over time, dirt and debris build up inside a system, lowering efficiency. Not only will your home become uncomfortable, you will also spend a lot more money on electric bills. You also risk a costly repair and the loss of your manufacturer’s equipment warranty, which can be voided if a proper maintenance schedule is not followed.

Be sure to contact us to inspect your air conditioning system at least once a year. On your own, you should change or clean the system’s air filter about on a regular basis to keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

Hanging on to an “old timer”

Today’s air conditioning systems are far more efficient than systems installed just 12 to 15 years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, even if your cooling system is only 10 years old, you could save 20% to 40% on your air conditioning costs by replacing it with a newer and more efficient model.

You will also avoid the high cost of adding expensive R22 refrigerant to your aging system. Older cooling systems use R22, which will no longer be manufactured after 2020. R22 is considered a greenhouse gas and harms the environment when released into the air.

Because of the impending phase-out, less R22 is being made. This has resulted in rapidly dwindling supplies—and skyrocketing prices.

All A/C systems we install use an economical and environmentally–friendly refrigerant instead of expensive R22.

In our next post, we’ll continue to give you advice about avoiding common air conditioning mistakes.