The last thing anyone wants when the sun is shining and humidity is climbing is for their air conditioner to stop working. Here are some simple actions that you can take today to extend the life of air your conditioner so you can stay cool all summer long.
1. Trim back bushes, plants, and trees
When greenery grows close to your air conditioner, it has the potential to restrict the amount of air that can flow through your unit. Reduced air flow will force the whole system to work harder and operate with less efficiency.
2. Change your furnace filter regularly
You may not realize it but your air conditioner relies on your furnace to move cool air through your home. If your furnace filter is too dirty it can cause your air conditioner to work harder or even freeze up.
Depending on how many people live in your home and how many pets you own, we suggest you change your furnace filter every 1-6 months.
3. Surge protection for summer storms
As with anything connected to the electrical grid, air conditioners can be damaged from power surges and lightning storms. Your heating and cooling contractor can install a surge protector to help prevent this damage.
4. Don’t forget about your air conditioner in the winter
If your air conditioner is under the sloped side of your roof, a balcony, or near a driveway, you’ll want to build a solid cover to protect it from falling ice and blown or shovelled snow during the winter months.
Even if your air conditioner is away from any of those potential hazards, it’s a good idea to buy a cover for your unit so it is protected from winter’s harsh elements.
5. Regular maintenance
Having a professional HVAC contractor complete a thorough inspection and any necessary maintenance will extend the life of air your conditioner and allow for the detection and correction of small issues before they become major problems.
Eventually, the time will come when it makes sense to replace your existing air conditioner, but following these steps can help to stretch out the years between equipment upgrades. If your air conditioner needs maintenance, repair, or has come to the end of its life, call Cross Heating & Air Conditioning in Waterloo and Listowel today.