No matter how big or small your air conditioning unit, no matter the size or the make or model, you want your air conditioner to work for as long as you own it. However, ac units will eventually break down and even need to be replaced.
1. Regular Cleaning
It’s like anything else, if you want to keep something working properly you need to care for it. That means cleaning and no matter what other maintenance you might conduct on your system, a good cleaning can make all the difference.
So, check your outdoor AC unit and clear out any dust, grime, sticks and leaves. All of that dirt and debris can affect performance and cause the system to break down. You don’t want that to happen when it’s 90 degrees outside.
2. Turn it Off
Every time you run your air conditioner you are causing wear and tear to the system. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. Anything that operates as it’s supposed to will incur some level of wear through normal operation. Which is why you should avoid constantly operating your ac unit.
Turn the ac off when you won’t be needing the system to operate, such as when you leave the house. There’s no need to keep it running constantly. This will reduce the wear on your system and it will help you reduce those electric bills in the bargain. AC units can be delicate and they do need some downtime to preserve their condition.
3. Cleaning the Ducts
Think about how your air conditioner system works. It’s supposed to pump cold air throughout your home by way of the ducts. But what do you think happens if those ducts are clogged and dirty? Not only does the air flow become impeded but it takes longer for your home to cool to a temperature that you find comfortable.
Since it’s taking longer to cool everything down, the air conditioner is forced to run longer than necessary just to do its job. That can overtax the entire system and cause it to break down, causing you to incur repair costs a lot sooner than you would expect.
Even better, when you clean the ducts of your ac system you are also improving the indoor air quality of your home. This is much healthier for you and your family; you don’t want to be inhaling the accumulated dust getting blown through your air conditioner vents.
4. Change the Air Filter
Something that gets all too often overlooked is your ac system’s air filter. But ignore this at your own risk as a dirty filter can have a significant negative impact on the life span of your air conditioner unit. Change the filter every three months in order for your ac unit to run at peak performance.