AC replacements are both costly and inconvenient. The unit may or may not show signs of its impending death, which means it may be the middle of July when the unit stops producing cool air. Also, the cost of a new unit is typically an expensive, unexpected cost. This is why the HVAC repair experts with Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning are here to share their top five tips for improving the longevity of your AC unit.
1. Give The AC Unit Space
As AC units are housed outdoors, it’s necessary to monitor and manage surrounding landscaping. Overgrown plants, grass, bushes, weeds or leaves limit necessary ventilation that the unit requires. Overgrowth that is too close to the unit can even lay against the system and entirely restrict ventilation. Even a slight restriction of breathing room places excess and unnecessary stress on the system. Be sure to check your outdoor unit after storms for limbs and debris.
2. Change The Filters
A common issue our AC company encounters is dirty air filters — AC filters that are packed with dust and debris clearly aren’t permitting air flow. There are three main issues that can occur due to neglecting your air filters.
- The living space won’t be cooled properly and the temperature sensors will operate erratically, causing the fan motor to continually run.
- The unit will operate in excess which makes it likely that the AC unit will overheat or freeze up.
- The fan mechanism has to work harder to push air which means more stress is placed on the fan, creating a higher likelihood that it may quit working prematurely.
Changing the filter is one of the quickest and easiest ways to keep your system operating smoothly. We recommend replacing your filter every two months, it’s fairly inexpensive and all you need to do is pop out the old filter and slide the new filter in.
3. Use Indoor Window Coverings
Indoor window coverings, such as blinds, curtains, drapery and shades, help to keep rooms cool by blocking the sun. With less heat to contend, the AC unit can operate less frequently, which is a great way to extend lifespan. Close your curtains and/or blinds throughout the hottest part of the day to give your unit a much-needed break.
4. Schedule Routine Maintenance
Residential and commercial AC units can last up to 15 years if routine air conditioner maintenance is practiced. Regular unit check-ups allow for issues to be detected and repaired before a large, expensive repair or air conditioning installation is required. Contact Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule HVAC maintenance!