The average air conditioner for residential installation costs around $500 to $4,000. Since you want to protect your investment as much as possible and make your air conditioner last as long as the rest of your HVAC system, you need to make sure you keep the unit maintained.
Proper maintenance is easy to do and will prolong the lifespan of your air conditioner so you spend more time enjoying the unit and less time fixing it. A well-working air conditioner is more reliable and energy efficient than one that is wearing down. Here are ways you can keep your AC unit in top working condition.
Get regular inspections
You should have your air conditioner inspected on a regular basis, even if the unit is working well. This not only protects any warranty you have on a newer air conditioner, regular maintenance helps prevent small problems from becoming bigger issues.
Your HVAC specialist will tell you how often you should have your air conditioner inspected. If you use your air conditioner year-round or most of the year, you may need to have your unit inspected more frequently than if you only use your AC unit during the summer months.
Pay attention to small issues
Even if you get your air conditioner maintenance done on a regular basis, your AC unit can still have problems from natural wear and tear and age. If your air conditioner makes strange noises when it kicks on, fails to maintain a cool temperature even if you haven't changed the thermostat settings, has a fan blade that isn't working, or is causing your energy bill to spike suddenly, call for air conditioning maintenance right away.
Your HVAC specialist will take apart the outer cover of your AC unit to see what component is causing your problems. Smaller issues can be repaired, or you can have belts, fans, and other parts of your air conditioner replaced if they are worn out.
Clean air ducts and filters
Regular cleaning of your air conditioner's ducts and filters will not only keep the unit from overheating, this precautionary measure will also improve air quality in the home as well. You have pollen, dirt, dander, and other debris floating in the air that can get caught in the air conditioner's filtration system, and a quick cleaning will help prevent any issues. Your air conditioning maintenance specialist will clean ducts and filters for you for optimum air conditioner performance.
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