An efficiently working HVAC system is a must for two very important reasons:
1. It maintains a certain comfort level that you choose.
2. It saves quite a lot of money on your energy or power bill.
In order to get the most efficiency, the lowest energy costs, and the longest life out of your HVAC unit, all parts of the system must be fully functional, plus well maintained. If your energy bill is rising and/or your home is not as cool and comfortable as you would like it to be, here are the some of the main causes of HVAC issues and the reasons why your AC unit isn’t working as well as it should be.
Issue #1: Dirt Buildup
Before overreacting and thinking that the issue(s) is something huge that’s going to cost you lots of money to fix, first check and make sure that your system is clean. If you’ve recently noticed a reduction in its efficiency, it may just simply be an excessive buildup of dirt and grime on your HVAC unit. When this buildup occurs, your HVAC unit is unable to heat or cool your home as evenly and quickly as it should, or as it did in the past. You may also notice an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms in yourself or your family as your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) has also been greatly reduced.
The first and MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is to make sure you are using a clean air filter. Air filters should be checked at least once a month (although some only every three months, depending upon the AC manufacturer’s directions). If they are dirty, simply change them out with a fresh clean air filter. To check if your air filter is dirty, remove it from the air conditioning unit and just hold it up to a light source. If you cannot see the light through the filter, then it’s definitely time for it to be changed. Another area to check are the heat pump condenser coils. Coils that are dirty cause a decrease in your AC unit’s air flow capacity and will greatly reduce the efficiency of your unit.
Issue #2: HVAC Equipment Age
If you’ve noticed that your home has become less and less comfortable temperature wise over the past few years, then perhaps your HVAC unit may be close to the end of its lifespan. It would be nice if HVAC equipment lasted forever, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Even with regular upkeep and perfect maintenance, you may only get a few more years on the lifespan of your unit. Most units last roughly about ten to fifteen years, and luckily, the newer models are tremendously much more efficient than the unit you likely have now. If you feel like your unit may be on its last legs, get it checked out by a professional and consider replacing it with a brand new high efficiency HVAC system.
Issue #3: Improper Installation
If your HVAC system isn’t installed properly it will not run efficiently. When this is the case, your energy bills will immediately skyrocket, plus your home is never as cool or warm as you expect it to be. It’s important that you always hire a licensed, insured professional to install your equipment.
Here are some additional HVAC issues or problems that may occur with improper installation of your AC unit:
- Short circuit: the electric voltage is key for the unit to run properly. If it is not correct it will cause a short in the circuit.
- Poor results: the size of your unit is also important. If a unit that is too small for the size of your home is installed, there will be problems getting the house to feel comfortable and result in uneven cooling and heating in your home.
- Duct Leakage: If you notice temperature differences throughout your house, the ducts may not have been installed correctly. When this is the case, the ducts develop air leaks which cause drastic temperature changes from room to room.
Issue #5: Lack of Maintenance
HVAC systems work hard to continually make your home comfortable. Scheduling a professional maintenance check and cleaning is essential to make sure everything is running efficiently and correctly. These checkups can also find small problems and resolve them before they turn into major problems, resulting in both equipment failure and damage to your system. Looking for a heating and cooling contractor to inspect your HVAC system? The Department of Energy website offers instructions to help you find the right contractor for your needs.
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