Proper care of your air conditioner can add years to the life of your system, which will ultimately save you lots of money in the long run!  Failure to take care of your system can lead to a premature and expensive system replacement.  Luckily, here are some simple steps you can take to maximize the life of your unit.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Replacing your air filter on a regular basis is one of the most important parts to maintaining a healthy ac system.  Filters are responsible for air quality and create a barrier that prevents dust, debris, and dirt particles from entering the condenser coil and damaging the system.  Over time filters become clogged with these materials, making it harder for air to pass through.  The system has to work much harder to pull air which puts a strain on the system, shortening the life of the unit and reducing the amount of cool air produced.  How often you change your filter depends on the amount you use your ac and the Microparticle Performance Rating (MPR) of the filter, but on average, your filter should be changed every 30-60 days.

Inspect the AC Compressor

The ac compressor is the part of the system that sits outside.  It is very important that the unit does not get clogged with leaves or other outdoor debris that could prevent the internal fan from functioning.  Additionally, be sure to keep shrubs and plants trimmed several feet away from the unit.

Supplement Your AC with Alternative Cooling Methods

Using ceiling fans will help to circulate and cool the air.  Heavy drapes or blinds are useful in blocking out the heat from the sun.  On cooler days and evenings, opening up doors and windows will give you a chance to turn off the ac system, giving it a break and extending its life.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Homeowners should have their system inspected bi-annually.  During a maintenance call, a technician will evaluate the performance of the blower motor, check refrigerant levels, inspect the condenser coil, test safety controls, inspect and tighten wires, and replace air filters.  Our experts at Komery Mechanical Services are trained to catch and fix small problems before they become large ones.  Regular maintenance will add years to the life of your system and reduce monthly energy bills.