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5 Ways to Make Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

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How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

In Alberta, we consistently deal with a range of temperatures throughout the year. Although we rarely deal with humid conditions, our summers can get very dry and hot. There’s no better relief than enjoying the cool indoor air after a hot day in the sun. 

Air-conditioning is a term used to describe the regulation of temperature, humidity, purity, and air motion in an enclosed space. 

In a typical air conditioner, the refrigerant in liquid form is passed through a set of evaporator coils that work to absorb heat from the air in your home. As the air cools, a fan blows the cold air into ducts that distribute it back into your home.

As the refrigerant is heated and turned into vapour, it travels through the coil into a condenser located outside your home. The outside air absorbs the heat from the refrigerant, lowering its temperature and returning it to a liquid to travel back indoors. 

The process continues until the temperature in your home reaches your desired level when it shuts off.

Extend Your Air Conditioner’s Life

Taking care of your air conditioner can ensure you’ll enjoy cool summer afternoons and regulated temperatures for many seasons. Although the specific life expectancy of your air conditioning unit will depend on the model and brand, proper maintenance and care can make a significant difference.

Proper Maintenance

Air conditioners aren’t particularly high maintenance, but ensuring they have regular tune-ups can help them last longer. Getting a professional to inspect, clean, and tune-up your air conditioner will notify you of any issues as they arise. 

Keeping your A/C unit in good condition will minimize any risk of complication and keep it running efficiently. Additionally, if any problems do present themselves, you can have your unit repaired or replaced promptly.

Give it Time to Rest

As with anything, using them consistently will cause them to wear down and break more quickly. Keeping your air conditioner on all the time puts stress on the system and may shorten its life. 

If you’re leaving your home for any length of time, you should turn off your air conditioner to give it a break. Also, if you can, turn up your thermostat overnight to have a few hours of rest. Giving your A/C unit regular breaks will help extend its life.

Clean the Ducts

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If you notice your air conditioner is not functioning efficiently or failing to provide cool air, you may want to have it cleaned. If the air ducts are dirty, they can slow the airflow into your home because of a buildup of dirt and debris,

Dirty air ducts can also significantly affect the air quality in your home. Having regular duct cleanings will provide proper airflow for cool air to travel through and improve air quality.

Change the Filter

The filters in your air conditioner can become clogged if they go too long without being replaced. A dirty, clogged filter can significantly affect the overall efficiency of the unit. Replacing them regularly will extend the lifespan on your unit and can save your money on energy costs.

Check for Leaks

Checking your unit for leaks can help prevent bigger repairs. Having a professional examine your unit for leaks at least once a year allows them to identify and fix problems that could cause a breakdown.

Benefits of Professional Tune-Ups

Having your system properly maintained and tuned-up regularly will ensure problems are addressed before they have a chance to worsen. At Action Furnace, our experienced technicians will ensure your A/C unit is serviced correctly to prevent and protect against breakdowns.

Professional tune-ups are important for extending your air conditioner’s life expectancy. Well-maintained systems don’t have to work as hard to provide your home with comfortable, cool air, so they use less energy and save you money.

Regular maintenance will also keep your system working efficiently to prevent breakdowns. At Action Furnace, every tune-up involves a proper cleaning, tightening, and lubricating of working parts to avoid emergency repairs.

We want to help you keep your air conditioner working smoothly and keeping you cool. Call us today for a free, no-obligation estimate!

Written by Ryan Tutak

Ryan is considered one of Calgary's most knowledgeable residential HVAC specialists. Working in the industry for over 12 years, he's helped thousands of homeowners with their heating and cooling systems. Outside of running Calgary's most reputable HVAC business, you can find him on the Golf course practicing his short game or traveling with his family. His main goal is to create a positive collaborative culture, one in which his employees are excited to come in and are motivated to work hard. He spends the majority of his day working directly with Home Comfort Advisors, Service and Maintenance Technicians, and Customer Service Representatives ensuring they are fully prepared to lead the Home Service Industry in Customer Service.
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