By Austin Heyen, Head of Aurora’s HVAC division
July 28, 2019
Always work with a reputable contractor. The air conditioning contractor that you choose to work with can have a big impact on how long your system lasts. If you work with a low-cost, low-quality contractor for your installation, your system might have operational problems from day one that plague the system for the rest of its life. In addition, a low-quality contractor might rush through maintenance and repair calls or even misdiagnose your system and make unnecessary and expensive repairs. By working with a high-quality and reputable contractor like Aurora’s, you can be sure your system is in good hands throughout its entire operating life, including during its installation, annual tune-ups and repairs.
Schedule a tune-up every year. Speaking of tune-ups, it’s essential that you schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner every year if you want your system to last as long as possible. Air conditioners are like cars in the sense that they work better and last longer if they are well-maintained. In the same way that you need to periodically change the oil, rotate the tires and add fluids to your car, your air conditioner requires maintenance tasks that should be taken care of during professional tune-ups every year. In fact, many air conditioner manufacturers will void the warranty on your system if you neglect to schedule annual maintenance.
Change your air filter regularly. The single most important maintenance task that you are responsible for when it comes to your air conditioner is to change the air filter. Dirty filters are responsible for many of the most common short- and long-term problems that develop with air conditioners, which is why keeping a clean filter installed is one of the best ways to make your air conditioner last longer. Many air filters only last for 30 days, while others can last a few months. Either way, we suggest that you at least check on your filter every month and change it when it’s dirty.
Use your thermostat wisely. Anything you can do to limit your air conditioner’s workload will lead to less wear and tear and a longer operating life for your system. One of the best ways to do that is to use energy-saving thermostat settings. When you’re at home, use the highest temperature setting that your family is comfortable with. When you leave the house for the day, raise your thermostat by 3-5 degrees to save energy while your home is empty. Over time, settings like these will save you energy and help keep your air conditioner in good shape. To make your life easier, install a programmable thermostat that will change your home’s temperature levels automatically based on your family’s schedule.
Ensure your system has good airflow. In order to keep your home cool while exerting a minimum amount of effort, your air conditioner must have good airflow. If something is blocking airflow through your system, or if air is escaping your ducts, your air conditioner will have to work much harder and longer than usual during every cooling cycle. This added effort will add up to a lot of extra wear and tear over time, which will shorten your system’s operating life. In order to help ensure good airflow, keep all of your home’s vents open and clear of obstructions, clear away plants and debris within a few feet of your outside unit, check and/or change your air filter every month and have your ducts inspected for leaks by Aurora’s HVAC technicians.
If you have any questions about how to make your air conditioner last longer, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Aurora Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Cooling. 701-242-7202.