Each time your air conditioning system comes on, do you wonder how much longer it’s going to last? Probably not. But you know that eventually there’ll be a time when it won’t work anymore. No hard-working mechanical system like an AC can last forever. Hopefully, you’ll get ahead of a failed air conditioning in Oakhurst, CA and have time to arrange for our experts at Purl’s to replace it with a new one.
But we’re not here to talk about your next air conditioning system. We’re here to talk about how you can get your current one to run for as long as possible. We have five tips that will help maximize the lifetime of your home’s AC.
ONE: Regular filter changes
This is an easy step, but it will have a big impact on the amount of wear and tear your AC undergoes. The air filter for an AC prevents dust and debris from entering the interior of the system and harming components. It needs to be replaced for a clean filter every 1 to 3 months. If a filter remains in place for too long, it will force the AC to work harder and wear down faster.
TWO: Schedule annual professional maintenance
Another critical regular job for your AC is to have HVAC technicians give it a full maintenance inspection and tune-up each year. This annual service removes a large amount of strain from the unit and slows down the speed it ages: a unit with maintenance can last twice as long as one without. We strongly recommend you have this job done in the spring so the air conditioner receives the most benefit from it, and our Ultimate Service Agreement makes it easy to stay on track.
THREE: Keep the condenser unit clear and clear
The outdoor condenser cabinet must have enough clearance on all sides to allow for proper venting. If the unit is dirty, covered with leaves, dirt, and grass clippings, or objects are too near to it, such as growing plants, it will restrict the AC’s operation and increase the stress on the system. Make periodic checks on the outside cabinet to see if it needs to be cleaned off and obstructions removed.
FOUR: Invest in a better thermostat
If you have an old manual thermostat or a no-frills digital thermostat to control your HVAC system, you’re not only missing out on convenience and better energy efficiency from your AC, you’re also missing a chance to reduce the AC’s workload. Even a basic programmable thermostat will help, but Wi-Fi and smart thermostats go the extra distance in helping out an air conditioner.
FIVE: Mindful usage
Pay attention to how you use your air conditioner so you don’t run it wastefully. A better thermostat is a help here, but you are still the person making the decisions for how you cool your house. Don’t set the thermostat lower than 68°F degrees and try to aim for a higher setting of 78°F whenever possible. Use fans and other methods to help cool your home so your AC doesn’t overwork and wear down faster.
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