Simple Tips for Extending the Life of Your Air Conditioner

AC in the sun

AC units are integral when the summer months hit, so making sure that you know how to extend the life of your air conditioner is very important. The last thing you want is for your AC to break down in the middle of a hot day or humid evening with no breeze.

Stay cool and save money by taking care of your AC with these key tips:

  • Check and replace the filter often. It’s suggested to switch out the filter at least twice a year. This may differ depending on amount of usage, air quality of your home and if you have pets. A dirty filter will cause your AC to work harder and shorten its lifespan.
  • Keep an eye on the condenser part of your AC. This is the part that sits outside and provides cool air. Inspect it routinely to check for any debris, such as sticks, dirt or grass clippings, to keep it clean and ensure it runs smoothly. This is especially important to do before you run the unit for the first time.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have one, it’s worth it to install one as this is a huge step both in cutting down on how hard the unit works and the amount of money you pay in energy bills. Preset your thermostat to higher levels when you’re not at home, at night and on cooler days.

Changing temperature on thermostat

Pay Attention and Listen to Your AC

Like most machinery, your AC unit can tell you when something isn’t right. Pay close attention to when your AC is starting up and shutting off. Listen for any grinding, screeching or shaking noises, as this may be a sign of a more serious issue. Call in a professional at the earliest sign of a problem and remember that with regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your air conditioner for years to come.

For all of your heating and cooling solutions, contact the experts at Dows ClimateCare. They can help you learn more about how to extend the life of your air conditioner and book a maintenance appointment today.