Replacing major appliances such as air conditioners is something homeowners dread. Not only is replacing an AC system expensive, but it’s also a disruptive and complicated process. With so many reasons to avoid needing to replace their AC, homeowners ask what they can do to make it last longer. Here are just a few ways you can do just that.
Schedule Regular AC Maintenance
Preventative maintenance visits, often called tune-ups, are an important part of keeping your air conditioner running properly. AC tune-ups have several key benefits:
- Catch small issues before they cause major problems
- Reduce the chance of unexpected breakdowns
- Keep your AC operating at maximum energy efficiency (which means lower energy bills)
All of these benefits add up to one big one: extending the life of your AC. When you keep your air conditioner in top condition throughout its life, it reduces the number of repairs needed and prevents undue wear and tear. A properly maintained AC can last years past its expected lifespan, saving you from having to replace it as soon.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats, including smart thermostats, are a great way to help your AC last longer. With programmable thermostats, you can schedule different temperature settings for different days of the week and even different times of the day. This allows your AC to take a break on weekdays when you’re at work but still keep you comfortable on weekends when you’re at home. When your AC performs less work overall, it won’t wear as fast and is likely to last longer.
Change Your Air Filter
One of the biggest causes of unnecessary wear and tear on AC systems is poor airflow. The AC must work harder to distribute air when it doesn’t flow freely. When your air filter is clogged with dust, pet hair and other debris it dramatically reduces the system’s airflow. You should change your air filter every one to three months depending on how quickly it gets dirty.
Keep it Cool
If your outdoor AC unit is exposed to the sun and elements, it’s vulnerable to overheating and other damage. While you can’t cover your AC due to airflow restriction, you can plant tall shrubs nearby to provide some shade without interfering with the air conditioner’s operation. If you’re installing a new unit, especially in new construction, try to place it on the northeast side of your home so it receives natural shade from the house during the heat of the day.
When push comes to shove, the best thing you can do to extend your air conditioner’s lifespan is to take the advice of an experienced, trustworthy AC company. Efficient Systems Heating & Air Conditioning provides comprehensive air conditioning maintenance service to keep your AC running better for longer.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule your AC tune-up.