Air conditioners normally have a life span of 12-15 years; however, a little care and regular maintenance can prolong its life considerably.
If you do not maintain your air conditioner well, it can give up sooner than you expect. It may start consuming too much power or stop cooling properly.
Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
Here are some tips and tricks from our HVAC technicians that can help extend the life of your air conditioning unit. These tips will not only help save energy and enable better cooling, but may also save you the trouble and cost of replacing the air conditioner:
Give It Some Rest
Just like everything else, air conditioners also need some rest. They get stressed out by constant use, and may start to give up. On cooler days, you can open up windows and use ceiling fans to cool the house. If you are going out for a long time, it is better to switch off the air conditioner, or set it at a high temperature, so that it does not get over worked.
Take Care of the Unit
In places where weather conditions are extreme, the air conditioning system is usually exposed to elements such as direct sunlight or rain. This may damage the compressor and reduce the life of your air conditioner.
It is vital for the health of your HVAC system that you designate a professional company for carrying out regular seasonal maintenance of the equipment. You must ensure that the company carries out maintenance before the onset of summer.
Check for Leaks
Air conditioner leaks can be the result different problems and may cause the system to break down. So, the moment you detect leaky ducts, you should call up an HVAC technician to repair the leak immediately.
Debris such as leaves may become stuck in the external unit and cause extensive damage, so make sure that you clean the system regularly, especially after a storm.
The vents and filters may get clogged and hinder proper air flow. This leads to ineffective cooling, but also wastes a lot of energy and takes a toll on the health of the system. So, to keep it running smoothly you must inspect airflow regularly.
Keep the Ducts Clean
Dust may clog the ducts causing improper airflow. Have the ducts cleaned regularly.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat enables you to take stress off your air conditioner whenever possible. So, a programmable thermostat can significantly prolong the life of your air conditioning unit.
Regular checkups and maintenance are crucial to proper functioning of your HVAC system. Air Excellence Heating and Cooling can not only help your system work perfectly, but we will also ensure that it continues to serve you as long as possible. So, pick up your phone and call (636) 980-0998 to plan a maintenance visit.
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