Updated August 9, 2023

Checking the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner
If you’re concerned about the efficiency of your air conditioner, there’s an easy way to test it on your own. An inefficient air conditioner could end up wasting a lot of your money if you don’t get it addressed in a timely manner. Even small issues with your AC unit could drastically decrease the overall efficiency of your unit.

Testing Air Temperature

There are four steps to testing the efficiency of your air conditioner.

1. Start by turning your unit on and let it run for at least 15 minutes. You’ll want to perform the test during a reasonably hot day, preferably over 80 degrees, but not during extreme heat.

2. After your air conditioner has run for a while, place a thermometer at the supply register. This is where the air conditioner is blowing cool air out. You’ll want to test the air at the register closest to the air conditioning unit. Let the thermometer calibrate for at least five minutes.

3. Perform the same measurement at the return vent. This is the vent where your air conditioner is pulling air from your home. Again, let the thermometer calibrate for at least five minutes.

4. The difference in the two temperatures should be less than 15 degrees. If it is more, you might need a professional to take a look at your air conditioner.

Scheduling With a Professional

At Gatewood Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we want people living in the Sonora, CA, area to have complete confidence in their air conditioners. If your system isn’t running efficiently, we’re ready to take a look. Our team can help with any heating or air conditioning repairs, replacements, or maintenance. We can also help with indoor air quality and servicing ductless systems. Our locally owned and operated company has been serving the area since 1973. We’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured for everything we do. You can trust us to get every job done right the first time.

To learn more about keeping your air conditioner running as efficiently as possible, call the team from Gatewood Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today.

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