Air conditioners are key appliances, systems, or mechanisms that are designed to control the temperature and humidity within a given area. Many people do not give their air conditioners much attention until they fail to work or completely break down. But you can keep your air conditioner functioning properly and help extend its usable lifespan by performing some basic maintenance on it. Here are several simple maintenance tips to help you get started.
Replace your Air Filter Often
The first thing you should do as part of maintaining your air conditioner is to keep the air filter clean and replace it regularly. Generally, air conditioner filters need to be changed at least once in every 3 to 6 months though it depends with how dirty they become. It is wise to take caution rather than wait long to replace the filter. Changing the air filter frequently does not have negative side effects on your air conditioner but there could be problems if it is not changed often enough. When the filter in the air conditioner gets clogged, it can cause ice build up, poor performance, and wear and tear of the unit. These can shorten the usable life of your air conditioner.
Check Debris on Evaporator Coil and Condenser
Dirt or dust on your unit’s evaporator coil can affect the performance of your air conditioner. If you have replaced the air filter but the air conditioner is still not performing as you would expect, you may want to check its evaporator oil to ensure it is clean. It is positioned inside the unit and you can access it from the system’s indoor part. Clean away any debris or dirt on it and you should get better performance. Before starting to run your air conditioner at the beginning of every season, ensure you go outside and inspect the unit’s outside. Clear away leaves or debris that may have settled on it during winter so as to ensure proper air flow in the unit. Remember to also check the condenser and ensure it’s not clogged with bug or dead leaves that could affect air flow. Try washing away debris on the outside of your unit using a garden hose.
Install a Thermostat and Clean Ducts
Another thing you should do in regards to maintaining the air conditioner is to install a thermostat. A thermostat allows a steady, uniform temperature thus ensuring that the only energy used is that needed to stay comfortable .It will help to extend the usable lifespan of your air conditioner. You should also check your ducts regularly. Leaky ducts could make your system run longer in order to cool you, so check your air conditioner and ensure it is sealed. If the ducts pass over areas that don’t have insulation, make sure you insulate them. Finally, try to reduce the amount of time you use your air conditioner. You may consider installing ceiling fans which will cool your rooms in summer thus reduce need to use your unit. This will help to extend the usable life of your air conditioner.