There are very few people who look forward to the day when they have to replace their AC system with a new one. This is a large expense that most homeowners aren’t looking forward to making. In fact, most homeowners are often looking for ways to get as many years as possible our of their current AC system before they replace it with a new one. There are several things that can be done to get the most out of your AC. Hal Mechanical is here to share our best maintenance tips to help extend the life of your AC.
How Long Do Most AC Systems Last?
For most people, they can expect the life of their AC system to last about 15 years before it needs to be replaced with a new one. Even so, there are some homeowners that can get quite a few more years out of theirs. Some people are able to get as many as 25 years out of their AC before they end up replacing it. So, what’s the secret? The answer is simple: maintenance. It can’t be stressed enough that maintenance is essential to getting the most out of your AC system.
How Can I Increase My AC Lifespan?
Here are some of the top maintenance items that should be taken care of to extend the life of your AC:
– Clean Outdoor Condenser Unit: The part of your AC system that is located outside will need to be cleaned as it is out in the elements and accumulated dirt and debris throughout the year. This needs to be done carefully to avoid bending the fragile fins that make up this part of the unit. Cleaning this will improve airflow which is vital to an AC system.
– Keep Air Vents Clear: Another way to improve airflow into your system is to make sure that the vents are free and clear of any debris that could get in the way of the airflow. Make it a habit to clear out all the vents in your home.
– Replace Air Filters: When your AC is running around the clock in the summer, it is important that you are keeping an eye on the filter. When the filter gets dirty, you need to replace it, even if it has only been a month since you did it last. A dirty filter will make your system work much harder than it needs to in order to cool your home.
– Seal Home: There is a great deal of air lost to cracks and gaps around your home. It also leaves your unit working harder than it has to to keep your home comfortable. Seal these holes and cracks with new caulking to keep your home efficient.