How long should my AC last?
Different units from different manufacturers can have different lifespans. However, with regular maintenance service, you should expect yours to last 15-20 years.
How often do I have to change my filters?
The point of a filter is to capture dust, particles, and dander as it passes through the unit and keep it from being blown back into your home. No one wants to be breathing in any of that!
You should never wait until your filter is thick or coated with filth. Instead, set a regular schedule based on your home. Families with pets (and lots of fur) or individuals with sensitive allergies can benefit from changing a filter every 30 days. Other homeowners can change their filter out four times a year. Try timing this with the changing seasons so you remember.
Why does my air con smell?
Well, what smell do you smell, exactly? Musty odors are usually caused by unclean filters where mold and bacteria build up. Swap your filter out and see if the smell goes away.
If you smell something more like burning, you might have parts overheating or working improperly. In this case, call a professional service provider to open your AC unit and take a look. You don’t want a fire hazard from leaving it be or by trying to investigate it yourself.
Are there any AC issues that can’t be repaired?
Most service providers are skilled at getting the most out of every unit, but there can come a time when the service or repair benefits don’t outweigh the costs. If you have an older unit, it could be harder to get parts in stock, or the provider may need to custom fabricate a piece for you. In these instances, you’ll be advised on the cost to repair and the cost to replace, leaving the decision up to you.
What can I do to make my AC last longer?
Other than keeping up with the filter replacements, you can do a few things to get more life out of your air con. Regular check ups from a professional technician can help you spot issues before they cause bigger damage.
Only running your system when you truly need it, instead of letting it run all day when you are not home, can cut down on wear and tear on the working parts. It can also cut down on your electricity bill.