If you’ve had to repair your air conditioning unit before, sure you remember how much you had to part with. Now imagine how far replacing your AC would set you back in your bank account balance.
Air conditioners are mostly unavoidable, especially when living through the summer heat, but they are not meant to be gadgets you keep repairing or replacing often. You want to instead try all you can to ensure your AC units last not just long enough, but longer than they ordinarily would.
Here are 4 tips to help you achieve that:
1. Regular professional maintenance
If truly, prevention is better than cure, then it applies to air conditioners too. The best way to prevent your AC units from getting damaged soon is to regularly schedule professional preventive maintenance.
In other words, you want to make sure your AC unit is professionally inspected, cleaned and serviced on a regular basis.
You can get this done by scheduling a regular maintenance with a certified and trusted HVAC company. To find one in your area, you can ask to be referred by your neighbors, or you can simply do a local search online. For example, if you live in Phoenix, you can simply search online using terms like “HVAC company in Phoenix” or “AC repair Phoenix”.
2. Keep units clean
You want to ensure both the outdoor and indoor units of your air conditioner are always clean and free of dirt, leaves, pet dander and other debris. These can easily build up inside your AC unit during the course of the year, and they make it work harder than it normally should in providing cool air – despite the restricted airflow.
The best way to routinely clean your AC – and in essence prevent it from overworking itself – is to remove any foreign bodies (leaves, sticks, etc) caught in it, and then use a damp cloth to wipe it down. For the outside unit (condenser), you should ensure the space around it is regularly cleared of grass, dust, and other debris. You can also spray it gently with a garden hose.
3. Prevent airflow blockage
Apart from removing debris regularly, you want to ensure the airflow of the AC unit is in no way obstructed. Keep the cooling vents clear of any blockages – from drapes or furniture or decorations. Airflow between rooms should also not be obstructed so that your AC doesn’t work too hard to create a balance.
4. Change your filters regularly
It’s very easy to forget to change your AC filters regularly, but this would be doing your AC unit a lot of bad, as not changing the filter for too long gets them covered with thick black grime.
These filters are installed in the AC unit to trap airborne dust and dirt, but too much of these bog the filter down and makes more dirt and dust enter directly into your AC unit. This can make the AC stop working properly or become worn out from working hard to keep up.
The professional recommendation is to replace your filters as often as every 90 days – or less if you have a pet in the house.
Following these 4 tips will ensure your air conditioner system lasts longer than it ordinarily would have, and in essence help you save a lot of money – that would have otherwise been spent on frequent repairs and eventual replacement.