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A simple way to check your air conditioner's efficiency

120 degree Thermometer reading in summer heat

When it comes to using your air conditioner, you will likely be relying on it a lot over the course of the summer. This is especially true for residents of states that can experience brutally high temperatures in July and August. Although you will want to be using the air conditioner to keep the interior of your home cool, it is important that you know whether or not the machine is running efficiently. If it is not, you will be spending an unnecessary amount of money for little benefit, with higher utility bills offering you no comfort in return. You should regularly check your air conditioner to make sure that it is properly functioning.

Here is a simple test you can do at home to test the machine out:

  • Turn the AC unit on and leave it running for at least 15 minutes on an 80 degree day
  • Place a thermometer on the supply register that is closest to the cooling equipment
  • Keep the thermometer in place for at least five minutes before looking at the temperature
  • Repeat those same three steps at the return vent.

If your air conditioner unit is working well, then the air that is coming out should be at least 15 degrees cooler than the air that is coming inside. Should you notice that the machine is not getting your home cool enough, you likely have a leak, or the machine could use a fresh filter. You will have to take a look inside the machine to determine what the problem actually is.

Virginia residents who are facing problems with their AC units should schedule an appointment today with John C. Flood for our Arlington air conditioning repair services.