The lifespan of an air conditioner depends heavily on the climate that it is exposed to and how often it runs for. However, like all appliances, general wear and tear will degrade the effectiveness of an air conditioner over time. In order to extend the lifespan of your air conditioner, there are a number of fairly simple maintenance tasks that you should perform to ensure that it remains in good working order for as long as possible.
Change the Filters
Your air conditioner has a filter in the intake that blocks dust and other detritus from entering your air conditioner and duct system. Over time, the filter will become clogged, which will restrict air flow and increase the amount of strain on your air conditioner. Cleaning out your filter is a must, so as a general rule of thumb, you should check the filter every month.
Air conditioner filters are either disposable or reusable. If they are reusable, simply wash them out by hand and let them dry before putting it back into your air conditioner. If they are disposable, take the filter into any hardware store and match the size up to a replacement.
If you haven't already, you should install a programmable thermostat for your air conditioner. This allows you to tell your system when to turn on and off, reducing the amount of unneeded work your air conditioner does, such as when the windows are all open or no one is home. This helps give your air conditioner more downtime, reducing your energy bills and the amount of strain on your system at the same time.
Unblock the Vents
If the vents around your home are blocked, the cool air from your air conditioner will be unable to circulate, which will prevent the temperature from dropping in your home. As a result, your air conditioner will continue to work, even with a programmable thermostat, increasing energy usage and causing more wear and tear for your air conditioner. Move furniture away from any vents and make sure there are no blockages.
Clean the Ducts
In the same vein, it is a good idea to have your ducts cleaned out by a HVAC professional at least once a year to remove any built up dust or other debris that may be creating an unseen blockage in the ductwork, creating the same problem. If the vents are clear but there is no air flow even though the air conditioner is on, your ducts probably need to be cleaned out. For additional help with repairs, contact a professional such as Always Ready Repair.
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