Although most air conditioners are designed to be tough and long-lasting, they can wear out sooner than they should if you don’t take care of them and use them properly.
If you want your air conditioner to be at its best for years, then you need to make sure you’re using and maintaining it correctly.
Here are four ways to do that:
1. Have it Checked and Serviced Regularly
The best way to make sure your AC is at its best is to have it checked and serviced regularly by professionals. When it comes to air conditioners, prevention is always better than a cure.
We recommend scheduling an annual check and service by qualified technicians to look after your AC. This ensures any minor issues can be identified and fixed before they become worse and cause bigger (and more costly) problems.
And if you run into any major AC troubles at any point, don’t hesitate to have it checked by professionals as soon as possible, even if you just had your system checked recently.
2. Clean and Replace the Filters
Dirty air filters are one of the most common reasons why ACs break down quickly.
Not only do dirty filters affect the air quality in your living space, but it can also block your AC’s airflow. This can cause your system to work harder than it needs to, which can lead to system overloads and a variety of other problems.
Experts recommend cleaning your filters every month and replacing them around every three months – or sooner if you use your AC system heavily every day.
Fortunately, cleaning AC filters is usually simple and straightforward. You can also have it cleaned or replaced by technicians during your system’s annual check and service.
3. Keep the Area Around System Components Clear
It’s important to ensure there’s enough space around your system’s components so that it can “breathe” and work properly. Otherwise, your system may be working harder than it should.
Remove any obstructions that may be around your system’s outdoor components. This includes any plants, tree branches, or anything else that could block airflow. Do the same for your system’s indoor component, making sure air can flow freely in between.
Also, contrary to what many people believe, you should also make sure your system’s air vents are open and unblocked, even in rooms you’re not using.
4. Avoid Overworking Your AC
Overworking your system is perhaps the quickest way to break down your AC, so you want to avoid this as much as possible.
To avoid overworking your system, we recommend you:
- Set the appropriate thermostat settings. Always set the thermostat just enough to make your living space comfortable. Avoid setting it to the extremes (either too hot or cold) – this can overwork your system quickly.
- Adjust the temperature gradually. Avoid cranking the thermostat all the way up or down in one go. Instead, increase or lower the temperature gradually to let your AC work its way to your desired temperature.
- Leaving leaks and openings. Make sure the doors and windows inside your living space are closed, so there are no leaks. The more air can escape, the harder your system will need to work to keep the temperature inside stable.
- Block out the sun on hot and sunny days. Use your blinds, curtains, or shades to block out the sun in your room during particularly hot days. The sun can ramp up the temperature inside a living space, making your AC work harder to cool your room.
- Consider setting your AC low instead of off when you’re out during hot days. Contrary to popular belief, it’s sometimes better not to turn your AC off when you’re away the whole day, especially when it’s extremely hot. That’s because it can take more work and power for your AC to cool the room again after a hot day instead of adjusting an already cool living space.