The Florida sun is no joke. The hot months (which is pretty much every month) can put a lot of stress on your air conditioner. But when the heat finally starts to kick back after the cold months, is when we get the most calls for repairs. What’s the cause of this surge in AC problems?
Dust and other debris collect in your filters and other components in your system. This might just burn off creating a funky smell, but it can actually catch fire if there’s enough dust. Consequently, you’re facing costly repairs or may even need a replacement.
This problem can be avoided with one of the seven tips below on how to extend the lifespan of your AC.
Clean Your Air Conditioner!
Proper maintenance is key to getting the most out of your AC investment. Just like anything else in your home, you air conditioner needs to be cleaned. This includes,
- Cleaning ducts
- Changing filters
- Cleaning the unit
You don’t need your air ducts cleaned all that often. Every 3 to 5 years is the general recommendation but it’s something you don’t want to skip out on.
How often you change your filters depends on a few things. If you have someone with allergies in the home and pets it could be beneficial to change the filters every 45 days or so. If there are no pets and no one in the residence with allergies, changing the filters every three months is efficient.
Don’t forget about the outside unit! Clear away any debris like sticks and leaves so your unit has maximum airflow. Otherwise, it could overheat and break down.
Allow Your Air Conditioner To Rest
Running your AC 24/7 in Florida is a common occurrence, it’s just to hot without the constant air flow. However, one way you can try to give your air conditioner a break is turning it up a few degrees when you leave the house. Have the air flowing but not cooling on full blast. These small breaks ensure your air conditioner isn’t working to hard and may extends the lifespan.
Inspect The AC For Any Leaks
Once a year it’s great to take a look at the hose for any leaks. Leaks are an indication of a bigger issue with the unit and suggest a breakdown will happen soon.
Receive Annual Maintenance
While you may regularly clean your AC and check for leaks, an experienced professional may catch a problem you didn’t know to look out for. Preventative maintenance can significantly impact the lifespan of your air conditioner by fixing a problem before it worsens.
Annual maintenance prevents breakdowns but it also ensures your HVAC unit is working at proper efficiency. If the system is working harder than it needs to, it can drain your energy, causing higher bills.
Enjoy Your AC For It’s Full Lifespan With Our Annual Maintenance Plan
We offer three annual maintenance plans so you have options on what works best for you and your budget. If you have any questions, need more information, or want to sign up for one of our plans, you can contact us online or give us a call at 727-447-7212.