My house was recently struck by lightning. It fried several components of the HVAC system. Technician was able to restore operation, however the system does not cool anywhere near as crisp as it did before. And immediately after the strike, the energy usage has spiked and held consistent way above normal/average.
I have the thermostat set to 79 F to restrict cooling run time and have turned off or turned down practically everything else non-essential in the house. Daily power usage continues to be way above normal even with far less things running.
A separate air conditioning technician advised me that regardless of the system actually functioning, the compressor may be grounded resulting in weak cooling and high energy draw. I need serious help on this confounding situation as my electric bill has suddenly quadrupled over pre-strike usage. What are your professional opinions on this matter please?