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How to Maintain and Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

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A heating and cooling system is one of the biggest investments you may have to make as a home owner. The good news is that a well maintained air conditioner can last 15 to 20 years. Regular air conditioner maintenance will not only improve the performance of your system and reduce your energy costs, it will also help to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns. So why wouldn’t you protect your investment and extend the life of your air conditioner by scheduling a routine tune-up?

Unfortunately AC units are known to break down without warning, usually when you need them most (during the middle of the summer when it is 95+ degrees outside)! HVAC specialists will tell you that most air conditioning repair jobs could have been prevented during a tune-up. Why spend three to five times more money for a basic repair that could have been prevented during a low cost tune-up?

Regular tune-ups can help to prevent a fire. Faulty wiring in your air conditioner can trip the circuit breaker and potentially start a fire. Don’t forget that there are times when your air conditioner is running when no one is home. If your unit hasn’t been checked in years, how do you know if the internal components are working correctly?

Did you know regular maintenance can help you save up to 10% on your annual energy bill? Over time an air conditioner can develop dirty coils, overheated motors and a lack of refrigerant. All of these problems can lead to major efficiency loss. An air conditioner that is not operating the way it’s supposed to be, is working harder than it should be and therefore will cause your energy bill to go up.

An air conditioning tune up is something that should be done annually, ideally in the spring time. This is to ensure your system is working correctly before the heat of the summer hits and when you rely on your system the most. During a tune-up, a qualified HVAC specialist will perform a cleaning, check coolant levels, calibrate the temperatures, inspect the wiring and components, make sure the evaporator coil is clean, perform additional safety checks, and recommend any necessary repairs that need to be done.

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There is no substitute for professional maintenance. However, there are some things you can do on your own that will greatly add to the efficiency of routine professional maintenance. In between professional tune-ups you should:

  • Change or clean the AC filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically filters need to be changed at least every few months.
  • Clean the vents. A regular dusting several times a year is a good idea. Also consider having a professional give your air ducts and vents a thorough cleaning. Learn more about the benefits of air duct cleaning!
  • Look in your AC closet to make sure you are not blocking the inside condensing unit with folding chairs or anything else you may have stored in there. The condensing unit is the part of your air conditioner that draws air in and therefore needs to be uncovered.
  • Keep the outside unit clear of leaves, sticks and other debris.  

Now that you know why regular maintenance for your air conditioner is so important, you have no excuse to put it off any longer!

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