Ways to Ease the Workload on Your Air Conditioning System

With proper maintenance and attention, central air conditioning units typically have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, during which they undergo quite a workload.

Whether you run your air conditioning system consistently throughout the summer or only when temperatures soar, every air conditioner in California can benefit from some care to keep it operating efficiently.

The Significance of Seasonal Maintenance Checks Effective care and maintenance of your air conditioning system start with seasonal maintenance checks conducted by Experts In Your Home – even if there are no apparent signs of issues. Our technicians meticulously inspect, clean, and lubricate all major components, from the thermostat to the condensate drain. Discovering minor glitches or malfunctions during these checks is considered a success, as it often prevents the development of more significant and costly repairs later on.

Actions You Can Take While professional maintenance checks are essential, there are still several steps you can take today to lighten the workload on your air conditioner:

Start indoors:

  • Test the thermostat and air conditioner by running a start-and-stop cycle.
  • Regularly check the filter and replace it when it becomes clogged with dust and dirt. A blocked filter restricts airflow, causing the system to work harder and costing you more money. In severe cases, a blocked filter can cause the blower motor to malfunction.
  • Ensure that home registers are clear of obstructions like furniture, drapes, or toys. Lift the registers and use a vacuum attachment to clean inside and around the area.
  • Inspect the ductwork in your home for cracks, holes, or loose connections. Seal and repair any issues to prevent cool air from escaping. Consider insulating the ducts for optimal efficiency.
  • Adjust the indoor temperature higher if possible, aiming for 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during summer months. Every degree increase can save up to 10 percent on your energy bill.

Move outdoors:

  • Maintain a 2-foot clearance zone around the condensing unit and an 8-foot clearance zone above it by removing plants, shrubs, and other obstructions.
  • Use a garden hose to rinse off the aluminum fins surrounding the coils on the condensing unit. Avoid using high-pressure water to prevent damage.
  • Consider installing a small fence around the unit if you have pets to prevent damage from urine.
  • Consider contacting Experts In Your Home for assistance if needed during these maintenance tasks. We prioritize protecting your air conditioning system to ensure its longevity.

Additionally, consider landscaping around your air conditioner to provide shade and deter theft of valuable components like copper.

At Experts In Your Home, we’re committed to ensuring that our customers’ air conditioners operate efficiently for their entire lifespan, allowing them to get the most out of their investment.

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