How Do I Know If My Air Conditioning Is Working Like It Should?

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How Do I Know If My Air Conditioning Is Working Like It Should?

Nothing is more annoying than having your air conditioning fail during a hot summer day. Your air conditioner may be working now, but how do you know if it is running as well as it should? Air conditioning units don’t typically run at peak performance and then suddenly fail. As a result, it is important to be able to detect potential problems with your AC so they can be addressed before the hottest days of summer hit.

There are some simple things you can check to see if your air conditioner is running like it should.

Look for signs:

  • Does your air conditioner run seem to run continuously? An air conditioner that is running properly should not run for extended periods, even on the hottest days.
  • Are you able to maintain a comfortable temperature during the day?
  • Do some rooms always seem hotter or cooler than others?
  • Are you power bills noticeably higher this year compared to last year? There could be a number of reasons for this, and one possibility is that your air conditioner is not running as efficiently as it should be.
  • Check your air filters. A dirty air filter can significantly impact the performance of an air conditioning system. Most air filters should be cleaned or replaced each month.

If you suspect you have a problem, there is a simple test that you can do to help

  • First, change the air conditioner to ‘fan’ mode.
  • Let the air conditioner run on the ‘fan’ mode for about ten minutes and note the temperature on the thermostat.
  • Switch the thermostat back to ‘Cool’ and set the desired temperature for maximum cooling. You should notice a significant change in the room temperature within 10-15 minutes. If you don’t, then it is possible that your AC unit is not operating efficiently.

If you suspect there is an issue, you should contact a professional air conditioning service company to inspect your system. Recommended by manufacturers and utility providers alike, regularly scheduled service may reduce breakdown by as much as 95% and lower utility bills by 30%.