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The AC Fountain of Youth: How to Extend Your Air Conditioner’s Life

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When you live in Ramer, Alabama, air conditioning is very important for keeping your home cool and comfortable. Some might even say it’s a necessity. On average, systems lasts between 10 and 15 years. To make sure that your air conditioning has a long life, we’ve put together a list of maintenance tasks that can be done annually to increase lifespan.

Check Your Outdoor Unit

Your outdoor unit is prone to damage from the elements, such as sunshine, rain, hail, and dust. By planting shrubbery nearby (be sure to leave space for ventilation) you can protect your outdoor unit from the sun, keeping it cooler during the summer. This can extend the life of your AC unit as it doesn’t have to work as hard to cool your home when it’s working in the shade.

Annual Visual Inspection

Each year, it’s important to check your indoor unit for any signs of visual damage or problems. Your annual inspection should look for any leaks, rust spots, rotting, sooty places, frayed wires, and corroded contacts. If you do notice any of these problems, be sure to notify your HVAC repairman for help. If small problems are resolved as they occur, it’s easy to extend the life of your AC. Though, there are some large problems that may prove to be the end of your AC unit.

Inspect Air Flow

It’s also important to make sure that your air conditioner has proper airflow. For proper airflow, change your air filters and periodically check your air ducts. Air filters should be changed either once a month or once every three months. You might also have airflow problems if you notice a sudden increase in your energy bill that can’t be explained by something else.

Purchasing an air conditioning unit is a big investment and we hope these tips will help you get the most use and years possible out of your investment. If you need help completing your annual maintenance check, don’t hesitate to call Air Conditioning by Luquire at 334-230-5870 to schedule an appointment.

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