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What Can I Do Now to Make Sure My AC Will Make It through This Summer?

Here’s what you can do to extend the life of your air conditioner.

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There are many ways you can help your heating and air conditioning run more efficiently and last a few summers longer than expected. While the typical life of an HVAC system is about 14 years, there are a few tips you can use, in addition to a professional maintenance inspection, to bump that number a little higher and possibly get some bonus years out of your system.

Here’s what you can do on your own to make a difference:

  • Regularly change your filters.
    This might be the most basic maintenance task homeowners can do on their own. It takes little time and effort but can save you from having to spend on costly repairs in the future. When a filter gets clogged up, the air flow is restricted to your system, which can cause numerous problems.
  • Give your AC a time out.
    Like anything mechanical, your HVAC system will wear out more quickly if it is on at all times, day and night. Turn your air conditioner off if you plan to leave the house for an extended period of time.
  • Turn up the temperature.
    Dialing up the temperature just 5 degrees when you leave for the day will allow your air conditioner to get a much needed break during hot parts of the day and still keep your home at a comfortable temperature for when you return home.
  • Give your outdoor unit some TLC.
    The outdoor unit will build up normal debris over time and can build up on the condenser coil and cause problems. To clear any debris you can see, hose down the outdoor unit. This will allow airflow to continue through the coil and keep your unit cooling efficiently.

If you want a professional opinion on what you can do to extend the life of your heating and air conditioning system, schedule an appointment with an experienced HVAC professional at Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning.

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