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Extend Air Conditioning Life in 4 Easy Steps

An air conditioning unit is a necessity for Sacramento area households, especially during the sweltering summer months. This is why air conditioning is a good investment for your home, especially with the frequency of use it gets during the hottest months of the year.

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Usually, manufacturers put the lifespan of an air conditioning unit at around five to ten years, but with the proper maintenance, you can easily extend your AC unit’s life by almost three to five more years more. Read on to learn how.

4 Steps to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioning:

1. Opt for a programmable air conditioning thermostat

An air conditioning system’s thermostat allows you to control the temperature in the room. A programmable thermostat lessens the burden on an air conditioning unit, especially if you are not there to reprogram the temperature.

Set your thermostat accordingly: a higher temperature when no one is in the house, and set to a more comfortable temperature if you are about to arrive home. This is an efficient and more economical way to run the system. A programmable thermostat does not require you to reprogram the thermostat every time you leave the house or return home, since it already does the work for you.

2. Change your filters

Your air conditioner experiences the most frequent usage and wear and tear during the summer months. One of the most used parts of your unit is the filter. This is due to potential clogging from dust and dirt, especially during the driest months of the year.

When it comes to the schedule for changing filters, one good tip to remember is to gauge the frequency of usage of the unit, because you would also have to consider the cost of changing filters. However, to be safe, every other month during the summer period would be the recommended average time.

3. Keep your air conditioning outdoor parts clean

The outdoor portion of the air conditioning unit is usually composed of the condenser, which is responsible for cooling the air inside the house. However, since the condenser is located outside, it is exposed to the elements and other outdoor components, such as shrubs and insects.

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Keep the condenser clean of any dirt or grime that tends to accumulate after a period of time. It should also be clear of landscape plantings and debris to protect your outdoor unit from potential damage.

Another factor that can damage the condenser is the surface on which it sits. The surface should be flat and on a higher level higher than the ground to avoid water from pooling underneath it and damaging the condenser.

4. Preventive maintenance is key for air conditioning

No matter how often you clean your air conditioning unit, it should be a habit to have it serviced and maintained regularly by a professional. Tune-ups and repairs, however minor they may seem, are necessary to ensure that your air conditioning unit is running at its optimum condition and performance level.

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