If you’re like a lot of Mokena residents, you may be counting down the days until fall. Frankly, we don’t blame you after another hot summer. Hopefully, you’ve been able to stay cool in your home and business these last few months. We occasionally get questions from homeowners wondering how they can be sure that their A/C unit will last a long time. Considering that a new unit costs thousands of dollars, it’s a reasonable thing to ask. In this blog post, we will discuss five ways that can extend the life of your air conditioner.
- Keep the outside clean – Dirt, leaves, and other debris can build up on the outside of an A/C unit fairly quickly. As you might imagine, this leads to restricted airflow. Keep in mind that all that debris causes the unit to work much harder, making it much less efficient. Every couple of months, it’s a good idea to give it a routine cleaning. First, be sure the unit is turned off. Then remove any leaves, branches, or sticks that are caught in the fins. Lastly, spray it down with a garden hose or wipe it down with a towel.
- Trim your bushes – Similar to debris, bushes, and plants that are too close to A/C units also lead to reduced airflow and decreased efficiency. Not to mention, some plants can damage the unit and shorten its lifespan altogether.
- Keep the dog away – Here’s a little-known fact: Dog urine can cause corrosion on the refrigerant coils located in air conditioning units. Corrosion may result in leaking coils that fail to function properly. Plus, new coils can cost hundreds of dollars! Rather than add another costly expense to your plate, think about placing some sort of barrier around the unit.
- Keep vents clear – You may have already noticed the common theme here, but it’s imperative to avoid making your A/C unit do more work than it needs to do. So watch where you place furniture, curtains, and items outside your home. Should the vents be blocked, you’re only shortening the lifespan of your A/C system. Of course, you may also be noticing a higher electricity bill.
- Change filters regularly – Though this may be the obvious one, it’s also the step we usually forget about. Remember that while it’s the filter’s job to catch airborne dirt and dust, they can only handle so much. As a filter starts to become bogged down, it forces the unit to work overtime, and eventually, stop working completely. Make a note to change those filters out every 60-90 days.
At Allegiance Heating & Cooling, we are proud to be your air conditioning repair experts. For decades, we’ve helped Mokena residents get the most out of their systems. We don’t pressure homeowners to purchase new equipment unless their current unit is unfixable. Unlike other HVAC companies, we guarantee our work the number of years you own your home.
For more tips on keeping your home cool and comfortable, get in touch with our AC repair pros today. Don’t forget that we also provide emergency air conditioning repair service upon request.
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