Every homeowner loves their air conditioner but hates when there are issues with it, especially during the heat. With summer rolling around, a good-functioning AC system is essential to stay cool. A standard air conditioning system lasts around 10-15 years and replacing it can be costly. As a responsible homeowner, your best bet is to use the following tips to extend the life of your air conditioner.

1. Regularly Schedule Tune-Ups

The best way to keep your air conditioner in its best condition is to schedule regular maintenance. Professionals are the best to tune-up, repair, and clean your air conditioning system so that there are no major issues in the future. A regular tune-up can increase your air conditioner’s life expectancy tremendously and every homeowner should remember to schedule one at least once a year. 

2. Regularly Change the Filter

Changing your air conditioner’s filter is so easy that any homeowner can do it themselves. When the filter is clogged with dust and debris, it requires more effort from the system which may result in serious damage. To ensure quality service from your AC, air filters should be changed every month or two. There are 30-day filters and 3-month filters available at most hardware stores. Although the 30-day filters are durable, they need to be changed every month. The 3-month filter is a better choice for homeowners who do not check their filters as often. 

3. Make Sure It’s Dust-Free

Like anything, an AC does not work its best when clogged with debris and dust. To solve this problem, simply dust your vents and get the indoor coils professionally cleaned. With your outdoor unit, ensure it is clear of leaves, dirt, or grass. During a regular tune-up, a technician will make sure to check for any dirt or debris around areas that should not be dirty. 

4. Don’t Use Your AC System When Not Needed

Any unnecessary use of your air conditioning system requires it to work overtime and eventually starts to break down quicker. When not using your AC system, using fans is a great option to restore your system. Homeowners could also close their blinds to reduce the heat of the sunlight into the home. 

5. Upgrade Your System

If your AC system has been in your home for a long time, it will begin to break down eventually. Upgrading your insulation will slow down the process of breaking down. The best way to do this is to add more isolation throughout your home. By doing this, your AC will use less energy and will work better. Another way to upgrade your system is to replace a component of the air conditioning system such as the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit uses a lot of energy and replacing it with a newer one will dramatically change the way your AC will feel. 

Other Tips:

  • Ensure to call a qualified technician when the issue with your air conditioner needs a professional
  • Check your system and vents for any debris at least once a week to make sure it is clear
  • Keep your AC unit in a nice, shaded area for long use
  • When your system is too far gone, it is best to replace your air conditioning system

At D&T Air Conditioning and Heating, our qualified and experienced technicians can help you with all of your air conditioning needs. We provide all kinds of services, such as replacing your air filter, regular check-ins and tune-ups, and any other concerns you may have. Even if you need your air conditioning system replaced, our technicians are very experienced and prepared to help you with every step along the way. Contact D&T Air Conditioning and Heating for an estimate today.

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