It is easy to over-stress your air conditioner during extreme winter and hot summer months. Afterall, aircon systems are expensive, thus it should be well taken care of to ensure it serves you for a long time to come. As a homeowner, there are several things you can do to make your AC last longer, reducing expensive repairs and preventing total replacement costs.
Ensure Regular Maintenance
Cars, machines, and homes in general need proper and regular maintenance. This is the same case with air conditioners.
A regular maintenance check is also an easy way of identifying hidden issues and allows the unit to run more efficiently. When issues are rectified as soon as they are noticed, this will increase the lifespan of the unit. Also, by fixing minor issues they will not have time to turn into major ones.
Along with your own regular maintenance, you should also have your aircon professionally inspected, cleaned, and serviced yearly.
Below are some things that you can do as part of your regular maintenance checks.
Regularly Clean & Replace the Air Filters
An air conditioner that performs optimally and efficiently will last longer. This can be done by ensuring that it is not slowed down by dust, pet hairs, debris, and pollen that can clog the air filter.
This component is important to the unit and should be cleaned and replaced regularly.
Always check with your model to see the recommended rates of cleaning and replacing. Some models have longer lasting filters than others. As such the rate or replacement can range from 1-3 months to 6-12 months depending on your filter design.
Not only can a dirty filter be bad for your health, but it can also reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner which will cause your running costs to skyrocket. This is whey regular cleaning and replacement of your air filters is essential.
Ensure There Are No Air Blockages
When your air conditioner unit cannot distribute cooled air freely, it ends up fighting against pressure imbalances. This puts unneeded stress on the unit and reduces the longevity of the AC.
The best way to prevent this is to ensure that the area around the outside condenser is not blocked by things such as trees, shrubs or a build-up of dirt and debris.
The dampers, which control the air flow coming out of the inside unit or the vents themselves, should be free of dust and debris too.
Once cleaned, operate your AC unit as normal. If there are any issues with the airflow, follow the troubleshooting guide in your model’s user manual. If you are unable to diagnose and resolve the issue yourself, request the services of a professional to get it fixed asap.
Protect Your Air Conditioner
Your AC unit will last much longer when it is protected and looked after. If you can, protect your AC from extreme heat and direct sunlight.
Ideally the outdoor unit should be in the shade most of the time and under an awning to prevent rain from coming in directly. The indoor unit should be protected from direct sunlight with heavy blinds, curtains, or drapes. Also be mindful of leaving the remote in direct sunlight as this will cause discolouration.
You should also regularly wipe down the casing of your wall mounted air con unit with a cloth. However, do not use harsh cleaning chemicals that can damage it.
Add a Regular Maintenance Schedule to Your Calendar
Keep in mind that running a stressed air conditioner will reduce its lifespan.
To increase its longevity, make sure it has a professional tune-up at least annually, there are no air blockages, the air filters are replaced according to the manufactures request, and it is protected from direct sunlight and heat.
Any damage or leakage should be repaired as soon as possible. These might seem to be small steps in extending the lifespan of your AC unit, but they also help in reducing power bills and saving money.
Finally, when requesting the services of professional AC technicians, make sure they are experienced in your specific air conditioner brand or model.