Three Surprising Things That Could Be Hurting Your Air Conditioner's Performance

You probably already know you should keep the filters clean on your air conditioning unit and have it checked by a professional at least once per year. However, there are a few things you could be overlooking that may explain why your unit isn't working as well as it should or your energy bills seem to shoot sky high every summer. Here are three simple things to check for and fix to get your A/C working the way it should again:

Small Appliances Near the Thermostat

Chances are good that you place small appliances like lamps and fans in places where they are most convenient for you to use. However, things like these can unintentionally have a negative impact on your air conditioner's performance.

Your A/C's thermostat samples the ambient air to determine the temperature and turn the unit on or off as needed to get it to the set limit. Appliances often heat up (or cool down) the air around them, which may cause the thermostat to take an inaccurate reading.

If your air conditioner seems to be short cycling or it's not getting a cool in your home as you want, check around the thermostat for appliances that could be interfering with the thermostat's readings and move them somewhere else if possible.

The A/C is in the Sun's Path

Along the same line as the previous issue, having your air conditioner in the direct path of the sun can also reduce the appliance's efficiency. First, the heat from the sun can cause the air conditioner to overheat and the unit may expend some of its time and energy just trying to keep itself cool. Second, if you have a window unit in the sun's path, the heat from the rays can throw off the thermostat readings.

If possible, move the unit to a location with the least amount of sunlight. For outdoor units that can't be relocated, place a large umbrella or special covering a few feet above it to provide beneficial shade.

Too Many Plants Around the A/C

A third issue that can impact your air conditioner's performance is having too many plants around the unit. The plans can block the free flow of air, causing your unit to work harder to get enough of it. This may lead to weak air flow inside the home and even blockages.

Keep the grass and other plants around the unit neatly trimmed. It may be a good idea to put down cement around the air conditioner to prevent greenery from growing too close in the first place.

For help maintaining or repairing your air conditioner, contact your local air conditioning services