Tips to Extend the Life of Your AC Unit

October 20, 2020

An air conditioning unit is a major purchase that homeowners will not want to replace for many years. The model of the air conditioner will play a role in how long the system lasts. However, there are a few steps you can take to preserve your AC unit despite the model you purchase.

1. Clean the Air Filters

Never underestimate the importance of cleaning and replacing air filters. When filters accumulate dust and other debris, the entire system will work harder to cool your house, and some of the parts that make up the air conditioner will begin to wear out. A good plan of action is to clean the filters once a month and replace them with new filters after three months of use.

2. Keep the Area Clean

The area around your air conditioning unit should remain clear of dirt, leaves, grass, and other objects that will accumulate around the system. Providing the AC unit with at least 2 feet of clear space will ensure air flows freely in and out of the air conditioner and allow it to work easier.

3. Regular Tune-Ups

Regular tune-ups will help keep your AC unit in optimal working condition. Maintenance is an important part of ensuring the longevity of the system. A skilled technician will make sure the components that make up the cooling system are in good working condition. A professional technician will also provide you with early warning of any serious problems that may be brewing with your unit.

4. Clean the Ducts

Dirt-filled air ducts will obstruct the flow of air in the air conditioner. Cleaning the ducts at least once a year will improve the quality of the air in your home. It will also support the long-term health of your cooling system.

5. Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks in hoses and other parts of your air conditioning system is another chore to complete at least once a year. Leaks in hoses can become the starting point of a series of problems that eventually result in a breakdown of the unit.

Top-Notch Air Conditioning Service

Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. has tended to the air conditioning maintenance and repair needs of Show Low, AZ, residents for nearly three decades. Individuals concerned with either the current performance or longevity of their air conditioner will do well to give Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. a call. We are also available to help with furnace repair and installation as well as indoor air quality.