4 Simple Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioner

As your air conditioner starts getting up there in age or showing signs of its age, you might find yourself biding your time with it until you inevitably need to consider a replacement. Instead of feeling completely helpless, there are actually some things homeowners can do to get as much life out of their air conditioning system as possible. Oakland Heating and Air LLC offers air conditioning installation, as well as maintenance and repair services, depending on what stage of life your air conditioner is in. Here are four things that you can do to help extend the lifespan of your air conditioning system.

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1. Keep Up with Preventive Maintenance 

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but it’s important to stay on top of preventive maintenance for your air conditioning system. At Oakland Heating and Air LLC, we like to compare seasonal preventive maintenance of your HVAC to wellness visits with your doctor. If you are proactive and employ a preventive approach with maintenance to ensure that your system performs at optimal capacity, then you can prevent costly repairs down the road. Proper maintenance includes a thorough cleaning, inspection, and testing of every component in the system. 

2. Keep Your Outdoor AC Unit Clean

It’s important to clean your air conditioning unit regularly, in between routine maintenance visits. The outdoor unit constantly collects dirt, leaves, and other debris that needs to be cleaned off in order to keep the coil operating effectively. Keeping your outdoor unit clean will decrease the chance that you will have a breakdown, leading to unavoidable and costly repairs.

3. Check and Change Your Filter Regularly

The technician will check your filter while they are examining your system during preventive maintenance, but your filters need to be checked and even changed more often than that. The type of filters you have will determine how frequently they need to be changed, but they may need to be changed earlier than expected if they are dirty. All homeowners should be performing regular filter checks in between seasonal maintenance visits from technicians. 

4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat will keep your air conditioning from having to work so hard. You can set the temperature to be cooler while the members of your household are at home so that it’s not working as hard to cool an empty house during the day. This will help you save money on energy costs as well as extend the lifespan of your air conditioning unit.

Schedule Your Seasonal Maintenance Today

Oakland’s certified, trained, and trusted experts will deliver exceptional quality and dependable service for all of your HVAC needs. We also provide 24/7 emergency support, since nothing ever happens with HVAC systems at a convenient time. Contact us today at (317) 987-6002 to schedule maintenance or request a quote for your air conditioning system. We serve Indianapolis and the surrounding areas, including Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, and beyond.

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