Your air conditioning unit is an investment that you made in your home, and the longer it lasts, the farther your investment goes. In other words the more you get your money’s worth. A typical air conditioning unit will last anywhere from 10-15 years. Every year that you get out of your air conditioning unit matters. So is there anything you can do to help extend the life of your air conditioning unit?
Tips to Make your A/C Unit Last Longer
There are definitely some ways to help you get the most out of your air conditioning unit! Following these tips will not only help your A/C to last as long as possible, but will keep it in better condition during the years that it is in service. Take a look at the following tips and put them into action asap to help extend the life of your A/C unit.
Get Regular Tune-Ups
Annual A/C tune-ups are extremely important in extending the life of your air conditioning unit! Not only do they keep your A/C in excellent condition, but they help prevent problems before they begin. Schedule and annual a/c tune-up with your HVAC company. The best time for a tune-up is typically in the spring before the hot summer months set in and your A/C needs to be used more frequently. The HVAC company will come out and inspect all necessary components, clean, and fix any issues that are found. Usually, if you keep up with your annual A/C tune-ups it’s unlikely that the HVAC technician will discover a large problem that needs to be fixed. Usually it will just be a routine check-up. Preventative Maintenance is always the way to go!
Help Your Air Conditioner Stay Cool & Protected
As ironic as it may sound, your cooler needs to stay cool too. It takes a lot of work to maintain a steady comfortable temperature throughout your home, and it doesn’t help if it is placed in an exposed area with the sun’s rays beating down on it. It’s not just the sun that it needs protection from, but from all of the elements that it will be exposed to outside like rain, hail, snow, wind, etc. These all have the potential to cause damage to your unit. You can provide your air conditioning unit with ample protection by planting trees, bushes and shrubs around it to provide some much needed shade as well as protection from the outdoor elements. Some other options might include installing an awning above the unit, or even putting up a wall. Keeping your air conditioning unit cool and protected will definitely help to put some added years on it’s life.
Cleaning Your Unit Regularly
Everything needs a good bath every once in a while. Your air conditioning unit is no exception. Even with necessary protection, your A/C unit is still going to need regular cleaning. Unfortunately, just from being outdoors, it is going to get dirty! Cleaning out dirt, dust, leaves, and other debris will keep your A/C unit working properly. Make sure to take a peek at your owner’s guide before you clean your A/C! It will have helpful information on proper cleaning procedures that will keep you from damaging your A/C.
Allow for Easy Air Circulation
Your A/C unit works hard to get the cool air to your home, make sure that once it passes those vents it is allowed to circulate freely throughout your home. Clear away any obstructions from the vents in your home. When the vents are allowed to pass the cool air into your home easily, your air conditioner wont have to work as hard to circulate cool air throughout your home consistently.
Inspect and Clean your Air Ducts
Air ducts in some cases can be the culprit behind the cool air not reaching your home. In many circumstances, air ducts have gaps that allow cool air to escape. By sealing these gaps, all of the cool air produced by your air conditioner will make it into your home, instead of loosing a percentage in the journey through your air ducts. Dirty air ducts can also slow down the air flow into your home. Over time dirt and debris accumulate inside your air ducts making it difficult for the cool air to pass through. Regular air duct cleaning will prevent the air from being slowed down by dust, dirt and debris as well as improve your homes indoor air quality by cutting down on the amount of dust in your air.
It’s important to change your air conditioning’s filters frequently to prevent them from getting clogged. Not only will replacing the filters regularly extend the life span of your a/c unit, but it will also improve it’s overall efficiency and save you money on energy costs. Your filter should be replaced every 30 to 60 days. This depends on how much your air conditioner is being used.
Depend on Other Sources for Cooling
There are other simple ways to cool your home, without relying completely on your air conditioning unit. By relying on other sources to keep you cool, your a/c unit wont be having to work as hard around the clock. For instance, at night, when the weather cools down a bit, consider using ceiling or floor fans to keep you cool while you sleep. Make sure to take advantage of a cool breeze by opening the windows and giving your a/c a rest for a while. Also, during the hottest part of the day make sure that the blinds and drapes are closed blocking out the heat of the sun.
By utilizing these tips, your air conditioning unit should be able to give you many years of a cool and comfortable home. When the time comes to replacing your A/C unit, give us a call at Reimer Heating & Air Conditioning. We specialize in residential heating and cooling and will be able to provide you all of the information that you need when it comes to choosing a new A/C unit.