Regardless if you’re a big spender or someone more budget-conscious, having your air conditioner repaired after a breakdown can really hurt your wallet. This is especially true if you have to get a replacement air conditioning system. Spare yourself and your wallet the pain by following these tips to help extend the life of your air conditioner.
If your air conditioner is installed outside or has an outdoor unit, it’s important that you make sure the AC system stays clean and its vents stay free of blockages from debris or grass. Periodically sweep or vacuum around your air conditioning system, and make sure that something is protecting your air conditioner from the sun, rain, and other weather patterns. You can also have your air conditioner installed on a platform or a few inches above the ground so it’s not sitting in a puddle of water after it rains.
If your air conditioner’s filter gets choked with dust as time goes on, that’s a good sign. It means your AC system is doing its job in keeping dust and debris out of your air conditioner and out of the air, as it’s pumping fresh air throughout your home. However, if you see significant dust buildup on your AC filter, it’s time to change it for a new filter. Not only will a dust-filled air filter eventually fail its job and let dust into your AC system – which causes significant wear and tear – but it will also make your air conditioner work harder by trying to pump air through it, which causes even more damage.
There are many insulation solutions out there that you can install in your house to prevent the radiant heat coming from the sun from turning your home into an oven. These can help your air conditioner last longer by cutting down on the work it needs to do to cool things down.
Just like your car or anything with an engine, your air conditioner can always afford to have a tune-up or maintenance service every once in a while (every year or so is more than ideal). Not only can it extend the service life of your air conditioner, but potential problems can also be detected and fixed before they can cause serious damage or cause a complete breakdown.
By doing following these tips, you should be able to significantly add years to your air conditioner’s lifespan. However, if you are experiencing problems with your air conditioner in the St. Augustine area, contact us at Taylor Refrigeration & AC at 904-289-2355. We have years of expertise working servicing air conditioners, from AC maintenance and AC repairs to new air conditioning installation/replacement.