Chances are that your air conditioner is one of the most important appliances you have in your house, regardless of where you live. In fact, in hotter climates, a house without an air conditioner can be downright unbearable. That said, many people think that air conditioner maintenance is prohibitively expensive, and so fail to do the things that actually save them money in the long run by prolonging the life of the unit. So take a look below at just a few things you can do to make your air conditioner last longer.
Keep It Cool
Even though the job of an air conditioner is to keep you cool, it has a much harder time doing its job if it isn't cooled itself. That doesn't mean you need to have your unit indoors, but having it under the shade of a tree can make all the difference. Direct sunlight (and the resulting heat) can cause the unit to overheat exceptionally quickly and the repair bills from this alone will be enough to frustrate any homeowner. So do your unit a favor and make sure that it's protected from extreme heat as much as possible.
Keep Vents Unobstructed
Even if your air conditioning unit is in the shade, that doesn't mean you're in the clear just yet. You'll also want to make sure that the unit is free of debris, be it twigs, leaves, dirt or anything else such as pools of water after a particularly bad storm. These kinds of debris, though they might seem like they would be insignificant, can actually do a great deal of harm in the long run. Most notably, they can restrict the air flow into the unit, which can mean that the unit requires a greater deal of power to cool your house, and burns out more quickly as a result.
Change Air Filters
Another thing you'll want to keep an eye on is the air filters in your unit. An old, damaged or dusty filter can mean that your residence isn't getting the amount of air it should be, and you may see this reflected in substantially higher electric bills. If this sounds like something you've been experiencing lately, then have a professional HVAC technician out to your house as soon as possible to inspect your air conditioner and determine if the filters need to be changed. Doing so can lengthen the life of your unit without much hassle.Share
26 February 2017
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