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Fall is officially here, and as we get closer to the cold season, you are probably going to start using your air conditioner less and less. It will likely come as a shock, then, if your AC’s operating cost appears to rise. If you are paying more and more to operate your air conditioner from month to month, you should have a professional examine the system as soon as possible. Let’s have a look at some of the possible causes of higher air conditioning bills.

Duct Leaks

Ducts may seem sturdy, but they’re actually extremely prone to developing leaks over years of normal use. Small tears can develop in the surface of the ducts, allowing air to escape before reaching its destination. While this may seem like a small thing, it isn’t. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has found that the average forced air system loses up to 30% of its output to duct leaks. That’s a massive waste of energy, which forces the air conditioner to stay on for longer and longer to compensate. This might be contributing to the rise in your AC bills.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner is turning itself on and off every few minutes, it is engaging in short cycling. Short cycling has a number of causes, but the important thing is that it creates severe issues for the system. It essentially locks the air conditioner into its start-up cycle, causing it to work much harder than it should and increasing wear and tear on the system. This not only drives up your air conditioning bills, but makes it much more likely that your system will experience a breakdown.

If your air conditioner needs maintenance or repairs, call Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We serve the entire Port Charlotte, FL area.