Tips to Extend the Life Expectancy of Your Air Conditioner

August 27, 2018

Trane AC SystemWhen you buy an air conditioner you expect it to last. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the average life expectancy of a central air conditioning unit is 15 to 20 years but as with any appliance how long an air conditioner lasts depends on how much you use it and how well you take care of it. The good news is, thank today’s cooling technology, air conditioners get better and better every year but even the best can not be expected to last forever. But whether your AC is brand new or 15 years old, the following tips can keep help it extend its life expectancy.

Don’t Run Your Air Conditioner Continuously

Like our bodies, an air conditioner asked to work day and night is going to break down sooner rather than later. Here in the Boling area, we rely on AC to give us relief from the oppressive heat and high humidity that define our long summers, but there are times you can shut the AC off. If you will be leaving the house for an extended period of time, or while you’re at work, dial the thermostat up at least five degrees. This will keep the unit on, but not working as much. Following this practice every night while you sleep will double the effect.

Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Receives a Constant Airflow

Again, like our bodies, air conditioners need an unobstructed airspace. It is constantly working to pump cool air into your home so it needs a continuous airflow to operate efficiently. Keeping all the vents unobstructed and open will lighten its load.

However, some types of obstructions are internal such as dirty or clogged filters. Dirty filters not only block normal airflow but if allowed to become clogged, allow air to bypass the filter and carry dirt directly into the evaporator air coil, impairing its heat absorbing capacity. The DOE recommends changing the air filter once or twice during the cooling season.

Keep an Eye on the Condenser Coils

While a clean filter will immediately prevent the coil from getting dirty, coils still gather dirt as time goes by, not only reducing airflow but insulating it and reducing its ability to absorb heat. Outdoor condenser coils are at the mercy of the environment especially if there is foliage nearby. Other sources of contamination include your lawn mower and dryer vent. Fortunately, the condenser coil is easy to see so you can check it and clean off any dust or debris that is accumulating on the condenser fins. And, if possible, keep vegetation trimmed back at least two feet from the unit.

Schedule Regular Air Duct Cleaning and Maintenance

Even if you take all of the above tips to heart, your air conditioner may be taxing itself in an effort to get cool air into your home. If so, chances are your air ducts are dirty. Dust, debris, and pet hairs collect in the air ducts and like asthma, restrict the AC’s air flow. Not only do dirty ducts force the unit to overtax itself, they compromise the air you and your family breathe.

Duct cleaning is a job for the professionals and Hunter’s Air and Heat, Inc recommends you schedule a duct cleaning at least once a year, and in addition, due to the workout our Boling climate puts it through, twice yearly maintenance visits. If you haven’t done, so call them today. And while you’re at it, ask about their popular precision tune-up. Many area residents choose this service to give their air conditioner system the power it needs to push through our warm temperatures.

Boling’s Most Trusted Cooling Services

Your air conditioning unit might be one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. It’s essential to not only have a working cooling system that’s built to last. Luckily, Hunter’s Air & Heat, Inc. is here to help! We have incredible cooling and heating solutions aimed at your comfort. Whatever your HVAC issue, we can solve it with ease. Contact us today!

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