Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your A/C Unit

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When properly cared for, a new A/C unit can last for 15 years or more. A well-maintained air conditioner will also run more efficiently and require fewer repairs. To learn more about how to extend the lifespan of your residential A/C unit, continue reading.

Let Your Air Conditioner Rest
During cooling season, it may seem like your A/C unit is constantly running. Take advantage of cooler days this spring and summer in Atlanta when you can get away with opening the windows and doors. Turn on the fans when the days get hot to take some or all of the burden off of your air conditioner. Invest in heavy drapes that block out the sun so that your air conditioner doesn’t work overtime to compensate for the additional heat. Use a programmable thermostat, and set it to a higher temperature when you are asleep and when nobody is home.

Protect Your Air Conditioner
Be sure your air conditioner is shaded from the elements. Sun exposure will cause your A/C unit to overheat and leads to premature wear, while too much water exposure will lead to erosion. You can protect your A/C unit and keep it cool by installing an outdoor awning above it or planting shrubs nearby. Always check your outdoor air conditioning unit for debris and dust after a storm, because a variety of objects can become lodged in the A/C unit’s coils.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Have your air conditioner inspected by professionals every six months, even if it appears to be functioning perfectly. Replace the air filter every month, and clean the evaporator, condenser, coils, and fan before and after cooling season. These basic air conditioner services will increase the efficiency and lifespan of your A/C unit while reducing the chances that the unit will need to be repaired in the middle of summer.

For the best air conditioning service in the Atlanta area, call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (404) 361-6560. Check out our website to see all of the residential and commercial HVAC service options we offer.

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