How to keep your AC working like new

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should forget about your air conditioner. In fact, now’s the perfect time to give your AC a little extra attention to keep it operating like new.

While there are some things you can do on your own, like clearing shrubbery from the outside unit, others require the help of an experienced HVAC technician.

Below are four of the best ways to keep your air conditioner in mint condition.

Change the Filter

Replacing your air filter is probably the easiest way to keep your air conditioning working at maximum efficiency. Similar to a vacuum bag, your AC utilizes a filter to catch dirt and other foreign particles that are circulating in the air.

Once the filter is full, its efficacy wanes. As a result, your HVAC may start to cycle more often, which may cause accelerated aging. In addition, if your air filter is clogged, you might notice a difference in the air quality inside your home.

Seasonal Maintenance

Even if your air conditioning is working well, you still need seasonal maintenance. After sitting dormant over the winter, it’s not uncommon for dirt and dust to accumulate inside your unit.  While it may be easy to clean the exterior, you need an HVAC specialist to perform general inspection and identify any issues. If found, they will perform air conditioner repair to keep your unit running like new.

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Avoid DIY Repairs

Unless you’re a certified air conditioning technician, you should avoid DIY repairs. Not only is it dangerous, but it can also cause more harm than good. Something as minor as a clogged water line can quickly transform into a flood that destroys your home.

Most warranties require documented proof of professional repairs, so attempting to fix even minor issues may void your warranty. It’s always best to leave any repairs to the licensed HVAC technicians.

Upgrade Your Insulation

If your home is relatively new, then you probably don’t have to worry about insulation. However, if you have an older home, the insulation might need to be replaced. Insulation breaks down over time, so if yours has never been replaced, it could make your air conditioning work harder than it should.

Upgrading your insulation in the attic and around your ductwork can extend your AC’s lifespan. And since well-insulated homes are more efficient and use less power, replacing the insulation can also lower your monthly utility bills as well.

Keeping your air conditioner working like new is easy. For more tips or if you need air conditioner repair, contact our Climate Experts today!

 

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