Air conditioners seem like they’ll last forever, but the truth is that the expected lifespan of your AC is 10-15 years. That means that you’ll be paying to replace your old AC as often as every 10 years, which is a big investment. However, there are several things you can do throughout your air conditioner’s life to ensure it lasts longer.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
The best thing you can to extend the life of your system is to schedule regular AC tune-ups, which should be done each spring before the weather gets too warm. During a tune-up, the technician will inspect the entire system to ensure all of the mechanisms and parts are in working order before the AC undergoes the strain of summer. This kind of preventative maintenance has several benefits:
- Catches repairs faster
- Reduces the risk of breakdowns and other major repair problems
- Keeps the system working at maximum efficiency
All of these things contribute to the most important benefit of regular maintenance: extending the lifespan of the AC. When your air conditioner is kept working at its best without unnoticed issues and major repairs, it has a better chance of lasting longer. Taking care of your AC counts!
Keep the System Clean
You can do your part to maintain your air conditioner as well by keeping it clean. One of the leading causes of problems with AC systems is dirt and other debris in the system. You can help prevent this by changing your filter every two to three months, more often if you have shedding pets.
It’s also a good idea to keep your outdoor unit clear of debris such as leaves, twigs and dirt. Doing these simple tasks, especially changing your filter, can go a long way towards extending the life of your AC.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a well-known way to save money on energy costs because they can be set to keep your home warmer when you’re away instead of cooling around the clock. However, this also contributes to making your AC last longer by reducing the system’s overall workload. With a programmable thermostat, your wallet will thank you in the short and long run!
Air Clinic DFW provides the air conditioning service Arlington can trust. Contact us for more information about maintaining your AC, and schedule your AC tune-up with us today.