Have you noticed that your air conditioner isn’t regulating your home’s temperature as well as it did last year? According to HVAC and plumbing repair experts, even high-end ACs are prone to becoming less efficient over time, sometimes in just the span of a year. Here are some of the biggest factors that can degrade your AC’s performance.
Dirt & Blockages
Air conditioners keep the system cool with a fan that blows air through a series of air fins to draw heat away from the condenser. Over time, however, the fins accumulate dirt, even if the system is cleaned on a regular basis. In addition, moisture that’s condensed within the unit can also promote mold growth that could interfere with the air conditioner’s performance.
Wear & Tear
New air conditioning units function efficiently because they have fresh components that function as expected. On the other hand, even the slightest deformation, scratch or kink in an older system’s components will have a long-term effect on its performance. These minor signs of wear and tear eventually add up, leading to a more noticeable decline in efficiency as the years pass.
If even a well-maintained unit is prone to taking a hit in terms of performance, how much worse will it be if your AC isn’t properly maintained? The two previous factors will have an even more significant impact on a poorly-maintained air conditioner, and they can effectively shorten a unit’s lifespan. Fortunately, this can easily be avoided by making sure you stick to your AC maintenance schedule.
Changes in Your Home
Sometimes, it’s not the AC but the changes in other parts of your home that are the problem. Adding more appliances generates heat that your AC system has to regulate, and even remodeling projects that expand a room’s area will put more strain on your unit. New heating system installation experts say that changes caused by other factors are expected and in some cases unavoidable, but you can always mitigate it by considering your AC before making other changes to your room.
Learn more about how to keep your AC running efficiently by contacting R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating, Inc.,the leading HVAC and plumbing services provider in the area. Call us at (505) 327-7755, or fill out our contact form to request a quote.