Extending the life of your air conditioner

By November 6, 2019Air Conditioning

Coming into the warmer season, it’s fair to say your air conditioner is going to be used a lot more. Having an air conditioner is a great way to make sure that your home remains cool and comfortable, even on the hottest and most sweltering days of the year. It is also important to remember that air conditioners are machines that need to be maintained and cared for. The cost of replacing or repairing an air conditioning unit can be very expensive, but there are things that you can do to extend the life of your air conditioner unit.

Check out these handy tips to help extend the life of your air conditioner so you can use it for many summers to come.

Replace filters

Replacing filters is one of the easiest things you can do to prolong the life of your air conditioner, however, it is very often overlooked. Through replacing the filters when needed, you can keep your air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently. A dirty or clogged air filter means that your air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool, which results in higher energy costs for you and can lead to the need for premature and costly repairs. Your air filter should be inspected monthly and replaced as necessary. Typically, air filter replacements cost just a few dollars at your local grocery store and take just a minute to install.

Clean air ducts regularly

If the air ducts in your home are dirty, your air conditioning unit has to work harder to run, which ends up costing you significantly more. Furthermore, leaky ducts will require an air conditioning unit to work harder than necessary to keep your space nice and cool. By taking the time to clean out your air ducts with a duster and/or vacuum cleaner on a monthly basis (at least), you can prolong the life of your air conditioning unit and save yourself money on your energy bills in the process.

Types of meters

There are many types of meters which all have various components. Use this guide to identify what kind of meter you have and how to read it properly. 

Give your AC a rest

Although it is hard to resist keeping the air conditioner on all day throughout summer, giving your AC a rest is very important. When air conditioners are constantly run, they tend to wear out quicker. It is important to turn the air conditioner off if you plan on leaving home for any length of time.

Allow air to circulate

Your Air Conditioning unit works hard to pump cold air into your home, so proper airflow is needed for the air conditioner to operate efficiently. It is important to clear any obstructions from the air vents in your home.
Your system will not have to work as hard to circulate cool air in the home if all of the vents are opened and unobstructed, allowing the air to pass through freely.

Trim garden growth

If you have a central air conditioning unit, make sure that it is free of obstructions that would keep it from circulating air properly such as trees and shrubs. Having shrubs and bushes growing too close to the unit can also cause it to overheat. Generally, the unit should have at least 36 inches of clear space around it for proper ventilation. 

By following these basic tips, you can ensure that your air conditioner lasts you for a long time to come, helping you avoid unnecessary repair and replacement cost.

If you have any questions about prolonging the life of your AC, or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today.

With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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