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How to Make Your Air Conditioner Last Longer

May 16, 2022 | Blog

Lengthen The Life of Your AC Unit

The hot and humid Austin summers are fast approaching and the best tool we have to battle them are our HVAC systems. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that our home’s AC unit is well taken care of and ready to cool our homes all season long.

But what’s the best way to take care of your AC and make sure it stays with you for the long haul? At Service Wizard, we have all the tips for making sure your system is optimized for summer and we’re here to pass them on to you! Read below to learn more.

How Can I Best Prepare My AC for Summer?

With warmer months just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can prepare. At their best, AC units preserve the indoor air quality by filtering out pollen, dust, dirt and allergens. They also ideally reduce the amount of humidity in the air and keep us cool all summer long.

This is all dependent on how well we take care of them throughout the year. Practices like scheduling AC tune-ups, replacing your air filters regularly and managing your outdoor units can do wonders for your system’s lifespan.

Replacing Air Filters

Remembering to replace your air filters is key to maintaining your indoor air quality. Air filters work by trapping allergens and debris to make sure they don’t make their way into your home. When we forget to replace them, these filters become clogged with these particles and the filters are unable to do their job.

Allergy season in Austin peaks during Spring, so make sure you’re regularly checking your air filters every month and changing them once every 90 days. You may have to consider a more frequent replacement schedule if you or someone in your home has particularly bad allergy issues.

Clean Your Outdoor Unit

One simple and great practice for preserving the life of your HVAC system is regularly cleaning your outdoor unit. To clean your unit, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Water hose spray
  • Foaming coil cleaner
  • Cleaning rags

When you’ve gathered all of your materials, you’re ready to start cleaning! Make sure to turn your system completely off before beginning the process. First, dislodge any leaves or debris that may have collected on the outside grates, then use your hose attachment to spray the outside of your unit in a sweeping motion. This makes sure that any remaining stuck-on dirt is washed away.

You can then apply your coil cleaner to the grates, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes before spraying it again with the hose. Repeat this process as much as you wish to make sure your outdoor unit stays squeaky clean year-round!

Biannual AC Maintenance

AC maintenance is the most important key to maintaining the life of your AC unit. Maintenance is performed by a professional technician and includes inspecting, cleaning, testing and repairing your system when needed.

We recommend scheduling tune-ups twice a year, in the spring and fall to ensure that small issues are identified before they become bigger ones.

Trust Service Wizard for Your AC Tune-Up Today!

Whether you’re ready to schedule your biannual tune-up or have questions about at-home maintenance, give us a call today! At Service Wizard, we’ve proudly served Williamson, Hays and Travis counties for years and we are ready to get your AC system back working good as new. Call us or schedule online!

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