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How to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner


You want to avoid a premature replacement of your air conditioner, so making sure it lasts as long as possible is important to you.

Homeowners can expect their AC units to work for around 10-15 years, at which time costly repairs or a replacement are required. That said, you can take certain steps to help extend the expected service life of your AC.

Some of the things you can do to make your AC last longer have to do with how you use it while others have to do with maintenance. Keep on reading to learn more about how you can take care of your AC for the long haul!

1. Limit Your Air Conditioner Use

We’re not telling you don’t run your AC, but rather suggesting that you be more selective about using it. The more you do use it, after all, the harder it works and becomes liable to break down.

If temperatures outside are moderate, maybe running a fan or keeping some windows open can help you give your AC a rest. If you don’t need the whole house to be cool, these solutions can help as well.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat to a Higher Setting

Some people like their homes cold, but if you just want to keep the heat out, a higher setting on your thermostat can help you extend the life of your AC.

Room temperature is considered to be anything between 68 degrees and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Choosing a setting on the warmer end of that spectrum can keep your AC from overworking itself without making your indoor environment uncomfortable.

3. Clean Your AC & Air Filter

Not only can debris such as dirt and leaves accumulate around your AC, but some of it can get into your system and be trapped by the air filter. All of this stuff can make your AC work a lot harder than it needs to when you turn it on, so having a professional come and clean it out can help you make your AC last a little longer.

4. Get Regular Inspections & Maintenance

Your car needs regular tune-ups to avoid a catastrophic breakdown, and so does your AC. By getting an annual tune-up right before summer or whenever you expect to start using your AC more, you can address smaller issues before they blow out of proportion.

5. Pay Attention to Your AC

Air conditioner units rarely fail without giving some sign that something’s wrong. The thing is, though, that most homeowners aren’t aware that anything’s wrong.

Carve out some time once in a while to check on your AC. Take note of things that you don’t recognize, such as strange sounds, odors, or anything that doesn’t look right. If you do notice something, contact a professional HVAC technician to come out for an inspection.

Do You Need AC Maintenance or Repair Services?

If you think your AC needs a tune-up or requires a repair, you can always contact Bay Heating & Air Conditioning for help. With more than 75 years of experience in this industry, we have capable and experienced technicians who can solve any problem with your air conditioner.

Learn more about our services and everything we have to offer when you contact us today!