The average residential ac unit generally has a life span of 15 to 20 years before it will start breaking down. The actual life span of your air conditioner will depend on what you are doing to maintain it and extend the life. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to extend the life of your system.
Work With A Competent Contractor
The first step to prolonging the life of your air conditioner is to work with a competent contractor to install it. Accurate ac installation will play a large role in how long the unit will last. Not only will a skilled and competent contractor complete the installation correctly, they will also help you choose the right unit for your needs. This is important because having the right unit will make it easier to maintain.
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Organize Your Yearly Inspection
A yearly inspection is important if you want your air conditioner to have a long life. It is important that you organize your yearly inspections in advance and set up a reminder to ensure that you do not miss them. Of course, when you are having this inspection done, you need to use a qualified contractor.
The yearly inspection will ensure that all parts of the system are still working correctly. The contractor will also be able to tell if any parts need to be replaced or will soon need to be replaced. They will also be able to tune up the ac unit to ensure that your unit is working well.
Regular Air Filter Changes
The air filters that came with the installation need to be changed regularly to ensure that your unit is working correctly. Many modern air conditioners will have a system in place that alerts you to when your air filters need to be changed. However, you do not have to wait until this point to change them.
There are some people who recommend that you change the air filters on the unit each month. It is also recommended that you look at the manual that comes with the unit to see how often you should do this. When you change the air filters, you should ensure that you use the right air filters. Compatible replacement filters can be used, but many recommend only using official brand air filters.
Clean The System Regularly
Another step that you need to take to prolong the life of your system is to clean it regularly. This will include the ducts, hoses, and housing. When you clean the whole system, you will be removing the debris which could cause problems as well as the potential mold which could contaminate some parts or the whole system.
When you clean the system, you will need to be careful. The coils in the air conditioner will be fragile and you should try avoiding them when possible. There are some professional services that you can use to clean the unit instead of doing this yourself. When you use these services, they will also be able to tell you about any parts of the unit which needs to be repaired.