Air conditioning units are a significant investment for any homeowner, and their life span is dependent on how well they are maintained. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure that your air conditioning unit operates efficiently and lasts as long as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips to extend the life of your air conditioning unit.
1. Keep the unit clean
Dirt and debris can clog the unit’s fins and coils, reducing its efficiency and shortening its life span. Make sure to clean the unit regularly, especially during the summer months when people tend to use it the most. Use a soft brush to clean the fins, and a gentle stream of water to rinse off any debris. This can be done by anyone but if you prefer getting help from a professional, call Service Patriots.
2. Change the air filters
Dirty air filters can cause the unit to work harder, leading to quicker wear and tear. It is recommended to change the air filter at least twice a year, but changing it more frequently will provide better results. Replacing the filters will ensure that the unit operates efficiently and reduces the stress on the system.
3. Keep the area around the unit clear
Make sure that there are no obstructions such as plants or weeds around the unit. These can block the airflow, reducing the unit’s efficiency and causing it to work harder. This step is probably the most simple to do yourself, since any blockages can be easily seen.
4. Schedule regular maintenance
Regular maintenance is essential to keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly. Hire a professional to perform an annual maintenance check, which is important for the lifespan of the unit. Regular maintenance can help to identify and fix any issues before they become major problems, extending the life of the unit. Give us a call to find out what is included in one of our maintenance visits.
5. Use a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can help to reduce the stress on the unit and extend its life span. Set the thermostat to a higher temperature when you are not at home, and lower it when you are home. This will reduce the unit’s workload and save energy by only running when you need it to.
6. Don't overload the unit
Don’t overload the unit by trying to cool too large an area or by setting the temperature too low. This can cause the unit to work harder and reduce its efficiency. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the unit’s cooling capacity and recommended temperature settings.