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Bad Habits Kill Your Air Conditioning Unit

The average life expectancy of a typical residential air conditioning unit is approximately 10 to 15 years. However, these numbers will vary depending on the climate and how heavily the unit is used by a homeowner. Poor care and maintenance have both detrimental influence on the lifespan of your AC system.

Air Conditioning Unit Maintenance – Worst Practices

Not Changing the Filter

Are you guilty of some of these bad habits which are slowly damaging your air conditioning unit?

One of the easiest and yet most frequently neglected maintenance steps is changing the air filter. A dirty air filter blocks the passage of air from the unit into the home which forces your system to work harder to maintain an ideal temperature inside the house. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear of the system’s components and lowers the efficiency of the unit.

Keep Adjusting the Thermostat

Your air conditioning unit won’t last long if you keep turning the temperature up and down. Ideally, your thermostat should be set at a standard and reasonable temperature and adjusted only when absolutely necessary. Additionally, try not to run your air conditioning constantly at its high peak. If you leave your house and will be gone for several hours or days make sure to adjust your thermostat so your system doesn’t run if not needed.

Annual Maintenance – Best Practice

The best thing you can do to keep your HVAC system well-maintained is to schedule a professional maintenance at least once a year. Ideally, you should plan on having a technician coming over before the beginning of the cooling season. This will ensure that your system is in a top shape before it becomes unbearably hot outside. During the maintenance visit a technician will inspect and clean all of the components, check the refrigerant levels, lubricate motor and more.

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