Is your air conditioner running efficiently?

Here in Phoenix, we rely on our air conditioners most of the year. Because we rely so heavily on our air conditioners, it’s incredibly important to ensure that your system is running efficiently. If your system is inefficient, you could be paying higher energy bills than you would with a more efficient system. But how can you tell how efficient your air conditioner is?

SEER Rating

The easiest way to find out how efficient your system is to check its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. This rating is determined by taking the cooling output of a system in a typical season and dividing it by the energy used in watt-hours. The higher your system’s SEER rating is, the more efficient it is. It used to be that threshold for SEER ratings was between 7.5 and 10.0, but in 2006, it was raised all the way up to 13. So if you purchased your system prior to 2006, there’s a high likelihood that it is inefficient. Upgrading to a system with a higher SEER rating can make a huge difference in your system’s efficiency. For example, upgrading to a SEER 13 from a SEER 10 will increase your system’s efficiency by roughly 30 percent.

Although the SEER rating is the easiest way to tell how efficient your system is, even a system with a high SEER rating can operate inefficiently if it is in need of air conditioning repairs or maintenance. So how you can you tell if your once-efficient system is now inefficient? Here are a few signs to watch out for:

  • Increased energy costs – When your system is working inefficiently, it means that it’s working harder than it should have to to keep your home cool. The harder your system has to work, the pricier your energy bills will be.
  • Ice on the compressor – Have you noticed a build-up of ice forming on your air conditioner? In most cases, particularly in older units, this is caused by a leak in the system’s coolant, but coil damage can also cause ice to build up on your unit. Additionally, if you’ve been putting off replacing your system’s filters, it can also cause ice to form on your unit. Regardless of what is causing the ice, it’s important to consult an HVAC professional to get the repair or service you need.
  • Increased cycling frequency – Have you noticed that your system cycles on and off more frequently than it used to? Like ice building up on your system, there can be many issues that cause an increase in the cycling frequency. One of the most common reasons for frequent cycling is a compressor issue. Your system depends on every component working properly in order to maintain its utmost efficiency, so it’s important to get the compressor repaired as soon as you can.
  • Unusual noises – If you’ve had your air conditioner for a while now, you’ve probably gotten used to the sounds that it makes when it’s operating normally. Any time you hear rattling, clanking, banging or any other sounds that are out of the ordinary, it’s a surefire sign that you have a problem on your hands. Whether the sound is caused by a broken component inside the system or an electrical issue, don’t hesitate to get the HVAC service you need promptly.

Whether you are in need of air conditioning repair or maintenance, or it’s time to replace your inefficient system with a new, high-efficiency air conditioner, contact Integrity Air Conditioning and Heating today. We are your go-to air conditioning service experts in Phoenix, and there’s no issue that’s too big or small for us to handle. Get your free quote today!