How to preserve the life of your AC unit

outdoor air conditioning unitJust like your car, your air conditioning unit needs regular maintenance too. Maintaining your HVAC system will not only reduce the need for repairs, it will also improve the efficiency of your home’s central air conditioning and heating system. Try the following tips to preserve your unit, lower operating costs and increase energy savings!

Check Your Thermostat

Raising the thermostat just one degree in the summer or decreasing the thermostat by one degree in the winter could amount to a 3 to 5 percent reduction in energy use.

An ideal temperature is 78° F in the summer and 68° F in the winter.

Constantly changing the temperature on the thermostat causes you system to work harder. If your home does not have an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat, consider upgrading to one. That way you can adjust the temperature when you are sleeping or away from the house to avoid working your HVAC system harder than it needs to. The energy savings will pay for the thermostat upgrade in no time at all.

Conduct Regular Maintenance

There are several small things you can do around the house to ensure your AC is running efficiently.

First, make sure to replace your filter once a month. For optimal performance, we recommend the pleated filters. When you replace the filter, take the time to clean the grilles for maximum efficiency.

Periodically, check your outside unit to make sure plants and bushes are not  too close to the unit. Remove any dirt, leaves, and debris from the around unit to ensure HVAC system is running efficiently.

Call the Experts!

Once a year, call in the experts! Have the professionals conduct a full check of your air conditioning units and provide annual maintenance. Maintenance should include the following items:

Indoor Unit Services:

  • Replace Air Filters
  • Visually Check Refrigerant Leaks
  • Check Electrical Components
  • Clean Drains
  • Check for Proper Temperatures
  • Adjust Belts and Motors
  • Lubricate Motors
  • Check Thermostats

Outdoor Unit Services:

  • Check for Proper Refrigerant Charge
  • Clean Dirt, Leaves, and Debris from Unit
  • Inspect Base Pan for Restricted Drain Openings
  • Remove Obstructions as Needed
  • Inspect Fan Motor and Fan Blades
  • Check Electrical Components
  • Visually Check for Refrigerant Leaks
  • Inspect Compressor

This annual check-up will maximize system efficiency, extend equipment life and result in fewer emergency repairs in the long run.

Join the Expert Air Conditioning Comfort Club and receive annual preventative AC tune-ups to check your entire air conditioning system and make sure it is running efficiently.