How To Help Your AC Unit Last A Long Time: 3 Easy Steps

BY Kristen Fowler | Thu Sep 28, 2017
How To Help Your AC Unit Last A Long Time: 3 Easy Steps

Your air conditioning unit works hard, especially during the summer heat. You want that equipment to last as long as possible. Keeping your AC unit in good working order and using it wisely will help the equipment run smoothly. Here are 3 easy ways you can help your AC unit last a long time (and avoid costly repairs and replacements).

Regular AC Unit Checks

At least once a year, you need to have a professional HVAC technician inspect and tune your A/C unit. You can do it in the fall after the summer is over or in the spring before you fire it up. Most homeowners choose to have this work done in the spring to make sure there are no problems left over from the winter months.

Routine checks and maintenance will keep the system running smoothly while preventing problems down the line. These checks will minimize the need to get a repair done and it will definitely extend the life of your entire A/C unit. The best part is that your A/C should work smoothly and without any problems through the hottest part of the summer.

Change Your Filters

Your air conditioning unit depends on a free flow of clean air to function properly. If the filter gets clogged, air flow can become restricted. That causes the unit to work harder and longer, just to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This extra wear and tear means more repair bills down the line and it shortens the life of the entire unit. On top of everything else, your energy bills will skyrocket.

It might be a good idea to check your air filters at least once a month whenever the unit is in use. If they show any build-up of dust, replace them immediately. This could help them work more efficiently and reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your home. This could be very beneficial for your health and the health of those in your home. Remember to check them before starting the A/C in the spring.

Clean The Unit

For your air conditioning to work efficiently, the unit must be able to exchange heat with the outside air via the coils. When those coils get covered in pollen and dust, they don’t work as efficiently as they need to. If they get covered in a thick enough layer, the outside unit can actually overheat.

Cleaning your unit doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Use a gentle spray of water to remove the built-up dust. Work from the top to the bottom. As you go down, take time to inspect the unit for damage. Flying debris from a mower or wind storm can do damage that can restrict the unit’s performance.

Each of these will help you keep your A/C unit working for years to come. Do a little bit every month. It is a small time investment that will pay off with a long-lasting A/C unit.

Guest Author Bio: Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. For HVAC professionals, Emma recommends Nova Air Conditioning & Heating. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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