Depending on the model and type of system, a new air conditioner will cost you between $2,500 and $7,500. Since you’re spending such a significant amount of money to be comfortable in your Ramer, AL home, you’ll obviously want it to last for as long as possible. By following these simple guidelines, you can extend the lifespan of your AC system by several years:
Replace the Air Filter
Something as simple as replacing the air filter can add years to the life of your air conditioner. Failing to replace the filter will cause it to become clogged with whatever contaminants are circulating in your home. In turn, your air handler will have to work harder to distribute the required amount of air, causing it to lose efficiency and undergo unnecessary wear and tear.
Ensure Proper AC Installation
A study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows that an improperly installed AC system can increase your electricity bill by up to 30%. This is because improper installation can overwork your air conditioning system and also cause premature deterioration of your air conditioner’s components.
If you’ve just purchased an air conditioner, resist the urge to save money by installing it yourself or hiring a service technician who lacks the necessary expertise. If you want your air conditioner to last, avoid shoddy installation since it increases the likelihood of additional costs and stress. Our service technicians have the expertise to install any new AC system.
Schedule Regular AC Maintenance
Frequent tuneups will ensure your air conditioner performs optimally and identify any potential problems before they progress into major issues. As such, your AC system won’t need to work as hard to maintain your desired conditions. To ensure your air conditioner gets all the necessary tuneups, call Air Conditioning by Luquire to set up a proper maintenance plan.
Aside from ensuring your air conditioner performs efficiently, regular maintenance also helps you tap into other benefits. For one, it enables you to maintain your system’s warranty, which the manufacturer can void if you don’t conduct regular maintenance. It can also prevent water damage to your property that might happen if there’s a leak due to a blockage in the drain lines.
Open Your Vents
By knowingly or unknowingly obstructing vents and restricting airflow, many homeowners reduce the effectiveness of their AC systems. Unknowingly obstructing your vents may entail placing large furniture pieces or heavy drapes in front of the vents. While knowingly obstructing your vents might happen when you block the vents in rarely-used rooms to save money.
To ensure maximum efficiency and durability, keep the dampers (the valves or plates that control airflow inside the duct) completely open. It’s worth noting that obstructing even one vent can cause an imbalance in your air conditioner.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Clean
Since the condenser stays outside, it can quickly accumulate dirt. Clean your air conditioner to remove any dirt, dust, leaves and other debris. This will ensure that it continues to function optimally and increase its life.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
It helps extend the life span of your air conditioner if you ease its workload when the house is empty. There’s no need to run the system full throttle if there’s no one around to benefit from all that cold air. A programmable thermostat allows you to set different schedules for cooling the home.
If the home is empty during work hours, set the thermostat higher during that period. You can keep it lower on weekends and evenings. Your utility bill will decrease, and your AC system will last longer.
If you adhere to these simple guidelines, you can be sure that you won’t be in the market for a new AC system any time soon. We provide both residential and commercial HVAC services to Ramer and the surrounding areas. Contact Air Conditioning by Luquire for all your AC installation, repair and maintenance needs.
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