When your unit must work harder and longer to cool your home, you will be able to notice it. If your monthly energy bills keep going up every month, or if you find yourself turning your thermostat higher and higher to keep your home cool, then there might be a problem. When you turn up the temperature to compensate for higher energy bills, this means that it is taking longer for your AC unit to cool your home.

If you have noticed decreased airflow from the vents or if your system makes unusual noises – especially any sort of squealing – there might be something wrong with the belt or other parts. It might seem like a small problem, but if you let it go and don’t replace the belt or other components, your energy bills will only rise and the AC unit will continue to function poorly and possibly not at all.

Is there anything else that has changed about your energy bill? If your utility company has raised the rates in your area or if you find yourself paying more than you did before, these are also signs that there is a problem. If you notice any of these problems – longer cooling times, increased energy bills, unusual noises, and decreased airflow – it might be time to replace your air conditioning unit.


What Is The Best Air Conditioning System For Your Home?

It’s the dog days of summer, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get an air conditioner. Picking a new unit is a little bit like getting a new car – there are three different types of options available: central units (either window or through the wall), portables that sit on wheels and can be moved from room to room, and mini-split heat pumps. 

And as is the case with automobiles, there are a lot of different options – manufacturers, BTUs, energy efficiency levels. There is no single unit that meets every need for every space.