Many of us never think about our air conditioner until something goes wrong and the inside of the house is hotter and more humid than it is outside. All of a sudden, all you can think about is fixing your AC unit. Like any large appliance with many moving parts, air conditioners require maintenance. There are things you can do throughout the year to help extend the life of your unit. Replacement can be a heavy burden on your checkbook, so extending your unit’s lifespan is smart.
Outdoor Air Conditioner Tips
Keeping your outdoor unit running in top shape is important to the overall function of your HVAC system. It’s a good idea to keep your unit in a cool, shady spot. Planting trees, bushes or shrubs nearby that can shield the unit from the direct sun will often help with it’s overall efficiency. The more efficient your system works, the longer it can last. Be careful how close the greenery is. It’s important that nothing is touching or blocking your unit from drawing air. When something blocks the air from flowing in freely, the air conditioner will have to work twice as hard to pull in the enough air to cool, reducing efficiency.
Also, periodically checking your outside air conditioner is a good way to ensure grass, branches or any other debris hasn’t entered the unit. Check for debris after storms that might have become lodged in the unit. Carefully clear away any blockage, only when the power is safely off.
Indoor Systems Need Love Too
Don’t forget the inside portion of your air conditioning. It also needs proper maintenance to extend its life. Replacing the filters every 30-60 days, especially during the summer months is a good way to keep air flowing properly. Mark your calendar with reminders so you won’t forget.
Signing up for an annual maintenance program through Bill’s Heating & Cooling is a hassle free way to take care of both inside and outside HVAC systems. Proper maintenance is the biggest factor in determining the lifespan of your air conditioner. Having a professional, experienced and knowledgeable technician come out twice a year to your home is an excellent way to catch any issues early. Adding years to the life of your system will make your pocketbook happy.
Might be Time to Replace
Unfortunately, all good things do come to an end and eventually some air conditioners will need to be replaced. An honest evaluation of your current system and the cost of repairs can then be compared to the option of installing a new unit. If a new air conditioner is the best choice for your home, rest assured Bill’s will provide top of the line air conditioners and offer financing that helps ease the pain of paying for it. Keep your family cool all season long with these small tips that can save you big.