Your AC unit is a valuable piece of home equipment which can be expected to last 10 to 15 years. Replacing it also takes a sizeable investment, so you want to make sure to do all you can to get the most out of your current unit. These tips will help you protect your air conditioner, extending its service life.
- Regular maintenance
Air conditioner manufacturers recommend annual professional maintenance to help protect your unit. During a professional maintenance visit, your air conditioner components are cleaned, lubricated, tested, and adjusted to enhance performance and correct any issues. These measures reduce your risk of equipment breakdown and correct problems that create added stress on your system — both of which reduce the service life of your AC unit.
- Regular filter changes
A dirty filter blocks airflow through the system, making your AC unit work harder to deliver the cooling you need. The added stress a dirty filter places on your system will decrease your unit’s service life, so be sure to check your filters monthly and replace them as needed. During peak cooling season, remember you may need to replace them more frequently.
- Keep your unit clear
You should never store outdoor furniture or toys near your condenser. Also, keep the unit clear of plant growth and yard debris. These items can block air flow through the unit, which reduces efficiency and makes your system work harder.
- Maintain your ducts
Duct leaks are a common cause of energy loss, and as cooled air escapes your system through these leaks, your unit must work overtime to replace that cooling and deliver it to your living areas. Sealing duct leaks will improve your air conditioning efficiency and reduce the burden to your system. Also, dirt and debris can gather in the duct system, which are picked up as air circulates and carried into your equipment. Debris can damage the system, leading to breakdowns and reduced efficiency.