You expect your air conditioner to last for at least a decade, but the lifespan of your system depends on the size and model and how frequently you schedule professional maintenance for it. One way you can extend the life of your cooling system in Shepherdsville, KY, is to shut it off periodically to give the components a break. You can also try these five maintenance tips to keep your AC unit running longer.
1. Have Two Tune-Ups a Year
Air conditioners aren’t demanding machines, but they need inspections, tune-ups and cleaning, just as heating components do. You need to schedule professional maintenance at least annually, but twice a year reduces stress on the equipment. Plan for AC maintenance in early spring and furnace maintenance in late summer.
If our professionals find an issue, we can fix it before it becomes a major problem. A tune-up includes inspection, lubrication of moving parts, clearing of debris, replacing filters and checking refrigerant levels. Annual maintenance optimizes your AC to work most efficiently.
2. Clean the Outdoor Unit
You should check the area around your outside unit for weeds, mulch or dirt. Your outside unit needs to be level for the refrigerant to distribute properly. If you notice water pooling at the bottom from rain, our professionals can perform AC repairs to level your unit.
3. Turn Off Humidifiers
For typical bypass-type humidifiers, the On or Winter setting adds moisture to the air when the device is blowing. Before you turn your AC on for hot months, switch your humidifier to the Summer or Off setting. You shouldn’t be adding moisture to the air while the AC is running because this will make it work harder.
4. Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to raise the temperature at night or when no one’s home, so you can save on your energy bill. You can set the thermostat to bring your home to the preferred temperature when you need it. Programming your thermostat eliminates the burden of constantly switching the temperature and keeps the house comfortable.
5. Clean Your Indoor Coil
An indoor coil that gets dirty makes it harder for your AC unit to cool your home. If your filter is old or of poor quality, the indoor coil is probably too dirty. Our professionals can check to see if your indoor coil is dirty and can suggest preventive maintenance to keep it clean.
Before summer starts, check your unit and hose for leaks. Regular tune-ups can increase your system’s durability and reliability. If you need HVAC maintenance in Shepherdsville, KY, call us at Birkhead Co. to schedule an appointment today.
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