A good air conditioner is the heart of a home when the weather is unbearable. In my years, I have seen many families become absolutely miserable when their air conditioner loses to the powerful heat in San Diego. The average unit will last you about a decade, but if you are mindful of these few things, you can extend the life of your air conditioner even further.
Let Your Air Conditioner Hibernate Properly: Unless you live in an extremely hot location, you are probably not going to be using your air conditioner year-round. During the cooler winter months, it is important to maintain your air conditioner properly.
- Clean the filters with some soap and water, or replace them entirely. (More on this later.)
- Wipe down the exterior to remove dirt and debris.
- Keep a clean towel handy during the cleaning process to absorb any rogue water droplets.
If you bring your air conditioner to a respectable condition before it’s inactive during the colder months, your air conditioner will work much better when it’s back in use in the summer.
Change Your Filters Regularly: Your filters ensure that the air in your house is clean and free of any unwanted particles. Changing filters regularly—ideally about once a month—boosts the efficiency of your air conditioner by allowing it to work smoothly without the hindrance of dirty air filters. Dirty filters also make the AC coils dirtier as well, generally cutting the lifespan of your AC short. If you are unsure how to change your filters, a Carini Air San Diego HVAC professional can easily show you how.
Clean the Evaporator Coils and Condenser Coils: The coils inside your air conditioner work just as hard to make sure your home is as comfortable possible. When dirt and dust accumulates on the coils, your AC unit is working a lot harder to function properly, which will lead to a short life for the air conditioner, and big electricity bills for you.
Those 3 tips are sure to help your air conditioner work better, for longer. If you’d like our San Diego heating and air conditioning experts to answer any HVAC questions, just drop us an e-mail or give us a call.