Replacing your air conditioner is an investment, which is why they should cool your home for many years. Typically, your air conditioner lasts anywhere between 10-15 years. With the proper care, your system can have a nice, long life. In this blog, we will explain tips and practices to extend the life of your AC system.
Once your air conditioner hits the 10 year mark, it may experience more issues due to its age. You may experience frequent repairs, which can be pretty costly over time. To get the most use out of your air conditioner for a longer period of time, consider these 6 tips:
Your outdoor unit can collect debris such as grass clippings, tree limbs, and leaves. The debris can harm the airflow and the efficiency of the whole system, which can lead to overworking itself. If you regularly check and clean your outdoor unit, it will function properly and lower the chance of breakdowns.
There is a reason most air conditioners break down in the summer and winter. The harsh temperatures these seasons bring keep your air conditioner running on overtime. If one part is malfunctioning or broken, the whole system is affected. Regular maintenance before the summer and winter seasons can help ensure all the AC parts are working properly, and avoid a humid, sticky situation. Much like a doctor checkup, semi annual maintenance can help the health of your AC unit.
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Your air filter is an important piece to the air conditioning puzzle. If your air filter is clogged or dirty, the whole unit can malfunction. Regularly changing your air filter every three months can help improve many things, such as the longevity of how long your AC system lasts.
While sunlight helps brighten our homes, it can also allow heat to enter. The unwanted heat sun beams bring in makes your air conditioner run constantly, which increases energy bills and the possibility of a breakdown. Your air conditioner should have a break between cycles, only turning on when more cooling is needed. In the summer heat, an air conditioner constantly working will overheat and shut down. This will decrease the lifespan of your unit and be a costly bill, so try to avoid circumstances that add unnecessary heat to your home.
Your air conditioner works to produce cool air in your home, and if airflow is obstructed, where does the air go? You should not have any furniture blocking your air vents, because it pushes air back down into your air ducts. You should not be closing your air vents for the same reason. Similarly, if your air filter is clogged, air retreats to your ducts. Air in your ducts creates pressure and can damage parts of your system. The pressure can also create air leaks in your ducts. Your air conditioner will continue to push air through if vents or an air filter is blocked and work harder to do so.
A programmable or smart thermostat is designed to adjust your home’s temperature according to previously programmed settings. Turning your thermostat up at night or when no one is home can give your air conditioner a much needed break from keeping up with the harsh Virginia Beach temperatures.
Like most things, if you take care of your air conditioner it will last longer. Utilize these 6 steps in your everyday life to help your air conditioning unit function properly and last for years to come. When the day comes to replace your air conditioning unit, give us a call at Hybrid Air to help you pick the perfect unit for your home and make the installation process a breeze.