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Signs and Causes of Inefficient Air Conditioning

Have you noticed a spike in costs even though you’ve not been using your air conditioning more than usual this year compared to years past? Is your AC system working harder than it should or making loud noises? Although cooling systems are designed to last long-term, they can still suffer from specific issues. We’ll go over the following signs of an inefficient AC so you know what to look for and when to call in professional help.

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When repairing or replacing an inefficient air conditioning system, turn to Cooper Heating & Cooling. Our highly trained technicians provide free estimates on new installations and help you ward off issues before they occur with AC maintenance service in Denver, CO, and the surrounding areas.

Your AC is Short Cycling

Short cycling refers to when your air conditioning system rapidly reaches the desired temperature on your thermostat and then abruptly shuts off, failing to complete a full cooling cycle. Although not uncommon, it is essential to address this issue sooner rather than later. Short cycling can place additional stress on critical components of your system, mainly the compressor, which may result in increased utility bills and the risk of a breakdown.

There are several reasons why your AC might be short cycling, including a clogged air filter, low refrigerant levels, a malfunctioning thermostat, or an improperly sized air conditioner.

Your AC Struggles to Cool Your Home

It can be frustrating and uncomfortable when your air conditioning system is struggling to cool your home. The following are some reasons why an AC may struggle to cool your home:

  • Dirty or clogged air filters: The air filters in your AC system are designed to trap dust, dirt, and other particles that can reduce the system’s efficiency. When the filters become clogged, the airflow is restricted, which can cause your AC to struggle to cool your home.
  • Improperly sized AC unit: The size of your AC unit should be based on the square footage of your home. If the AC unit is too small, it will struggle to cool the space effectively. On the other hand, if the AC unit is too large, it may cool the space too quickly, leading to short cycling.
  • Leaking refrigerant: Refrigerant is the substance that absorbs heat from your home’s air and transfers it outside. If the refrigerant level is low due to a leak, your AC unit cannot cool the air effectively.
  • Faulty compressor: The compressor is a crucial component of your AC system that compresses the refrigerant and circulates it through the system. If the compressor is faulty, your AC unit may struggle to cool your home.
  • Dirty condenser coils: The condenser coils in your AC system are responsible for releasing the heat absorbed by the refrigerant. When the coils are dirty, the heat transfer process is hindered, which can cause your AC to struggle to cool your home.
  • Poorly insulated home: Insulation plays a critical role in maintaining the desired temperature in your home. If your home is not properly insulated, the cool air from your AC unit may escape, making it harder for your AC to cool your home.

If your AC system is struggling to cool your home, it’s best to contact an HVAC professional to diagnose and fix the issue. Addressing the problem promptly can help prevent more extensive and expensive repairs.

Your AC Breaks Down More Often

Few things are worse than an AC that doesn’t operate as it should or malfunctions after a recent repair. Issues with your unit breaking down frequently may indicate the need for a second opinion from the Cooper Green Team. Turn to us when you experience the following issues and need fast, convenient AC service with free estimates.

You Hear Strange Sounds

All home appliances have their own set of sounds, and you’ve probably grown accustomed to the ones that come from the regular operation of your cooling system. Anytime your AC turns on with an unusual rattle, banging sound, clanking, or something unusual, you should shut down your system immediately. Unusual sounds may be caused by broken components, such as fan blades or something electrical, so schedule an inspection whenever your system makes noises it shouldn’t.

Your AC Is Frozen

When summer temperatures are soaring, the last thing you need is for your AC system to freeze up and stop functioning correctly. The main explanation for this ice buildup lies in a cold substance within the AC called refrigerant, which travels through the system to absorb heat from your air. When the refrigerant doesn’t have enough warm air to balance it out, it will ice over the system. Then, the AC will blow warm air or stop working entirely. Your AC may be freezing up due to the following:

  • Clogged air filters
  • Blocked return vents
  • A dirty condenser unit
  • Refrigerant leaks

Fortunately, an experienced HVAC technician can find the cause of your ice build-up and make the necessary repairs to ensure efficient performance.

How AC Maintenance Improves Efficiency

Routine maintenance by a trusted HVAC professional is the best way to ensure your AC system maintains its efficiency and can continue adequately cooling your space. Regular maintenance helps prevent issues before they occur and sheds light on issues that may arise in the future if not addressed in the present.

Benefits of an Annual Maintenance Plan

An annual maintenance plan removes the guesswork and hassle of keeping your AC system in tip-top shape. At Cooper Heating and Cooling, we offer the Green Club Maintenance Plan. Our high-performance tune-ups get your unit in great working order for the hot days ahead, while our routine safety inspections provide added peace of mind for your home’s appliances. Our Green Club Maintenance Plan also gives you a 10% discount on parts and service and ensures quicker service times for a more convenient way to maintain your AC system.

Get Help with Common AC Repairs in Colorado

At Cooper Heating and Cooling, our highly trained technicians are here to help with all your AC repair needs. We have been operating locally for over 40 years, so you can count on us for expert advice, high-quality workmanship, and friendly customer service. We offer a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee, so contact us immediately if your AC system needs repair or even a regular tune-up. We’re always happy to help.

Luke Cooper