How to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

air conditioning maintenance tipsThe average air conditioning unit has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, but may live up to as many as 15 years. Caring for your air conditioner will not only extend its life, it will also keep it energy efficient and reduce the need for repairs. Just utilize the four tips below, and your air conditioner should remain efficient, help you save money on repairs and energy costs and live a long, healthy life.

Replace the Filter Regularly

Typically, your air filter should be changed four times a year or every season, but during the summer, it should be changed at least twice. It must be replaced frequently, because dust, dirt and other air pollutants are more prevalent during the summer. These pollutants can cause your filter to become dirty and clogged. A dirty or clogged filter will cause your A/C to work harder, putting strain on its components, and reducing its life. Remember that a filter change is part of the air conditioning maintenance that’s performed by professionals like our team, here at Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning.

Keep the Condenser Clean

The condenser is the part of the air conditioner that provides the cold air, which cools your home. However, because the condenser is located outside of the home, it’s vulnerable to dirt and debris buildup. Inspect the condenser regularly and ensure it’s clear of dirt, twigs, grass clippings and other types of debris.

Also, before the system is turned on, check for foreign objects that might be lodged in the condenser. If any foreign objects are found, remove them promptly, as they could damage your unit. Keeping the condenser clear of debris could save you from an enormous air conditioner repair bill.

Take Advantage of the Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can help reduce how much energy your air conditioner uses and how hard it works. This will save money on energy costs and help extend the life of your A/C system. Set points on the thermostat can be utilized to make the temperature warmer when you’re out, at night and on cooler days. However, to prevent the unit from using too much energy, only set the temperature five degrees warmer than your normal setting. This will prevent strain and ensure you get the most out of your A/C and thermostat.

Keep it Cool

Air conditioners expel cool air, but they also generate lots of heat. This means that if your unit gets too hot, it might overheat and cause system malfunctioning or complete failure. The best way to prevent overheating is by ensuring your unit isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. A good way to do this is by planting some small shrubs or trees around it. However, be sure not to plant the shrubbery too close to your unit, as twigs, leaves and other debris can become lodged inside the condenser.

Ready to get the most from your air conditioner – for less – this summer? Give us a call and let’s schedule your air conditioning maintenance appointment.

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