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Maximizing AC Lifespan: How Regular Maintenance Extends the Life of Your Cooling System

AC lifespan is a critical concern for homeowners and businesses alike. A longer-lasting cooling system not only saves you money but also ensures a comfortable indoor environment throughout the scorching summer months. Summer might be winding down, but Area Sheet Metal is always looking to help you extend the life of your cooling system!

Just as regular check-ups can prolong your own life, frequent maintenance of your AC system can significantly extend its life. Let’s delve deeper into how routine care can maximize your air conditioner’s lifespan and keep your space cool and comfortable for years to come.

The Importance of Cleaning

Many homeowners don’t think about cleaning their AC unit. However, this is one of the keys to maximizing AC lifespan. Here’s what you can do to maintain your AC in terms of cleaning.

Removing Dust and Debris

Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on your AC’s filters, coils, and fins. This buildup restricts airflow and forces the system to work harder, leading to increased wear and tear and decreased efficiency. By cleaning these components regularly, you’ll boost your AC’s efficiency and extend its lifespan.

How to clean your AC’s filters, coils, and fins:

  • To clean the filters, remove them from the unit and wash them with warm, soapy water. Rinse them thoroughly and let them air dry before replacing them.
  • To clean the coils, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove any dust or debris. You can also use a coil cleaner, which is available at most hardware stores.
  • To clean the fins, use a soft brush to remove any dust or debris. Be careful not to bend the fins, as this can damage the unit.

Cleaning your AC’s filters, coils, and fins regularly is an easy way to keep your unit running efficiently and extend its lifespan.

Clearing Condensation Drains

Clogged condensation drains can cause a lot of problems for your AC system. It can lead to water damage, which can be very expensive to repair. It can also reduce the ability of your AC system to control humidity, which can make your home uncomfortable and can also lead to mold growth. Regularly clearing the drains will prevent these problems from happening, and will extend the life of your AC system.

How to clear your AC condensation drains:

  • Locate the drain line. It is usually located near the bottom of the unit.
  • Use a garden hose to flush the line with water.
  • If the line is clogged, you may need to use a wire hanger to clear it.
  • Once the line is clear, run your AC system for a few minutes to make sure that the water is draining properly.

It is important to clear your AC condensation drains regularly, at least once a year. If you live in a humid climate, you may need to clear them more often.

Routine Inspection and Maintenance

Air conditioners are essential for keeping your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. However, they can be expensive to operate and maintain. Regular inspection and maintenance can help to extend the life of your air conditioner and keep your energy bills down.

Checking Electrical Connections

Loose or faulty electrical connections can lead to unsafe operation and shorten your AC’s lifespan. Regular inspections by a professional will identify and fix any issues, ensuring the longevity and safety of your system. Please do not attempt to check or fix electrical connections on your own if you are inexperienced. Contact us at Area Sheet Metal for help!

Inspecting for Leaks

Refrigerant leaks can decrease the efficiency of your AC system and pose health and environmental risks. By routinely checking for and repairing leaks, you’ll keep your AC running optimally and maximize its lifespan.

To inspect for leaks, you can look for signs such as:

  • Decrease in cooling efficiency
  • Build-up of ice or frost on the evaporator coil
  • Musty or mildew smell
  • A puddle of water near the AC unit

If you find any of these signs, it’s important to have your AC system inspected by a qualified technician. They will be able to identify the source of the leak and repair it.

Changing Filters Regularly

Dirty filters can obstruct airflow and force your system to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption and decreased AC lifespan. Changing your filters regularly can ensure optimal airflow and prolong the life of your cooling system.

Why worry about dirty air filters?

  • Dirty filters can also cause your AC to produce less cool air, which can make it harder to stay comfortable in your home.
  • Dirty filters can also release harmful pollutants into the air, which can be bad for your health.
  • Changing your AC filters regularly is a simple and inexpensive way to keep your AC running efficiently and safely.

It is recommended that you change your AC filters every 1-2 months, or more often if you have pets or live in a dusty environment.

Benefits of Preventative Maintenance for AC Lifespan

If you want your AC to last for decades, it’s important to properly care for it. The good news is that there are several ways to do this on your own, as well as with the help of a heating and cooling company.

The benefits of preventative maintenance for your AC lifespan are plenty, including the following.

Energy Efficiency

Regular maintenance keeps your AC system running efficiently, reducing energy consumption and lowering your utility bills. Regular maintenance keeps your AC system running efficiently by:

  • Removing dirt, dust, and other debris from the coils and filters, which can reduce airflow and make your system work harder.
  • Checking the refrigerant levels, which can help prevent leaks and ensure that your system is running at its best.
  • Lubricating the moving parts, which can help prevent wear and tear and extend the life of your system.
  • Cleaning the drain line, which can help prevent clogs and water damage.

All of these things can help to reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills. In addition, regular maintenance can help to prevent costly repairs down the road.

Improved Air Quality

Routine cleaning and filter changes can improve indoor air quality by removing allergens, dust, and other pollutants from the air. This is important because indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Pollutants in indoor air can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory infections, allergies, and asthma. Routine cleaning can help to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air by removing dust, dirt, and other particles. Filter changes can also help to improve air quality by removing allergens and other pollutants from the air.

More helpful tips for improving indoor air quality:

  • Dust and vacuum regularly, especially in areas where people spend a lot of time, such as bedrooms and living rooms.
  • Use an air purifier to remove pollutants from the air.
  • Open windows and doors to ventilate your home.
  • Keep plants in your home, as they can help to improve air quality.
  • Avoid smoking indoors.

Cost Savings

Proactive maintenance can identify potential issues before they become expensive repairs, saving you money in the long run. This can be done through regular inspections, testing, and repairs. The best part is that you can save money over the lifespan of your AC!

Preventative AC maintenance can help save money in the following ways:

  • Prevents costly repairs
  • Improves reliability and lifespan of equipment
  • Reduces downtime
  • Improves safety
  • Increases productivity
  • Improves efficiency
  • Reduces environmental impact

Comfort and Peace of Mind

Finally, a well-maintained AC system ensures a comfortable indoor environment and gives you peace of mind knowing your cooling system is reliable and long-lasting.

Get Preventative Maintenance and Extend Your AC’s Lifespan

Are you properly maintaining your AC? If not, consider enrolling in Area Sheet Metal’s Preventative Maintenance Plan. We will help keep your HVAC in tip-top shape through every season. Contact us today to get started!

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