As anyone who has had air conditioning installed in their home or office will know, it is a rather expensive investment. However, as long as it works well and keeps you cool, then it is worth the cost.
Did you know that if properly looked after, most air conditioners can last between 10 and 15 years? And some, even for 20 years. But, if not taken care of properly, your air conditioner could break down in just a few short years.
When you have spent a lot of money on something, like your air conditioner, you want to make it last for as long as possible. That’s why it is so important to establish a proper maintenance and care schedule for your air con.
Here are our top tips on how you can make your air conditioner last longer, through regular maintenance.
Every three months, change the filter
Every three months change the filter on your air con. You might not think that this is necessary, but if you want your air conditioner to last for a long time, then it is important to keep on top of it.
At the start of the summer, put in a new filter and then every three months after that, replace it. If you live in a windy location, the filter may need changing more frequently than every three months.
Top tip: instead of buying the cheapest filters you can find, spend a little more and get the pleated filters. Pleated filters are better for your air con, so are worth the small investment.
Make sure your air conditioner is cooling properly
The best way to check if your air conditioner is cooling air properly is by comparing the temperature of the air leaving the vent to the temperature of the air going into the vent.
There should be at least a 15 degree difference between the two temperatures. If you notice a difference 18 degrees, this could be caused by a clogged up air filter while a lower difference could indicate many other problems. Either way, your air conditioner isn’t working properly and is in need of a maintenance check from HVAC or another heating and cooling expert.
Keep your air con on a regular temperature
When it’s hot, it’s all too easy to put your air con onto the lowest setting. However, it’s best not to, as this can cause damage to your air con.
You might think that setting your air conditioner to a very low temperature will make the room cool down quicker, but it won’t. All it will do is force your air con to worker harder, and for a longer period.
Protect ducts from dust
If you are doing any DIY, which could cause dust, such as home renovations, protect your return air con vents with temporary air filters. This will prevent any dust from getting sucked inside them and causing damage to your air con.
Schedule regular maintenance checks
As well as taking care of your air con yourself, it is also a good idea to schedule regular maintenance checks with a professional as well. As this allows you to find any hidden problems your air con may have, before they cause more damage.