8 ways to extend the life of your air conditioner
How can you extend the life of your air conditioning system?
A well-maintained air conditioner can really serve you for at least 10 years. However, whether this will be the case mostly depends on you and how you care for your unit. Once your air conditioner has reached the end of its lifespan, you will need to replace it with a new one, otherwise the inefficiency of the old system will affect your energy bills.
Aside from high electricity bills, you will have to repair your old air conditioner frequently. All this means that you better take regular measures and take care of your air conditioning system on time.
8 ways you can extend the life of your air conditioner
1. Make sure your air conditioner is installed correctly
Air conditioner installation can have a significant impact on the lifespan of the system. We advise that if you are not experienced in installation you do not attempt this task yourself. It is best to hire a qualified technician to ensure the installation is done correctly.
Although hiring a professional can be costly, this will ensure that all components are properly installed. Investing in a proper installation will limit the possibility of damage.
2. Regular maintenance
Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is the best way to prevent damage. Professional preventive maintenance should be done every year, during which the system is cleaned, adjusted and all its parts checked for faults. It's best to schedule your air conditioner service in the spring and fall, before the active seasons - that way, you'll have peace of mind that the unit won't stop working in the middle of summer or winter.
3. Check the outdoor unit
The condenser is a very important part of the air conditioning system. If you do not clean it regularly, various debris and stones can get stuck in it and affect the unit's life expectancy. This is why we advise you to check your air conditioner every time after a storm, because this is when damage due to debris stuck in the outdoor unit is very common.
In addition, check regularly that there are no bushes and other debris around this part of the air conditioning system to obstruct air flow. The condenser unit's outlet vents should not be blocked in order for the system to operate as efficiently as possible.
Check your unit regularly for refrigerant leaks or water leaks. These are serious faults that should be repaired immediately.
4. Change/clean air filters regularly
Cleaning or replacing your air filters should become a habit, just as you know you need to keep your house clean on a regular basis. Typically, filters should be cleaned anywhere from two weeks to three months, but this can vary depending on the type of filter and the operating conditions.
A dirty air filter will impede the airflow that passes through the system and so it will work harder to compensate for this. Over time, this will reduce the life of your air conditioner.
If you want to be notified when it's time to clean your filters, you can use a smart controller or thermostat.
Cleaning can be done in one of several ways. The most common is to blow out the air filter with air or use a vacuum cleaner. Most filters can also be washed with a soapy water solution. Then all you have to do is let the filter dry outdoors.
5. Reduce the load on the air conditioner
Installing a ceiling fan will help your air conditioner as the desired temperature will be more easily achieved. In addition, you will help to circulate the air better. If you use your air conditioner on a lower wattage, it will be able to serve you longer and you will have lower energy bills.
Tight curtains will help block heat from entering the inside of your home. You can also use blinds for the same purpose. All these will help you save on your energy costs and extend the life of your air conditioner at the same time.
6. Use your air conditioner on automatic mode
The automatic mode of the air conditioner is very usefulbecause the fan only kicks on when it is needed. This way, the system will be active when it needs to be, not all the time, and you will reduce your electricity costs. You will also spare your air conditioner and be able to use it for longer.
If your air conditioner is running all the time, more dust will accumulate and it will need to be cleaned and checked for damage more often. Lack of regular maintenance and filter cleaning can lead to lower efficiency. Thanks to the smart air conditioner controllers available these days, fan usage can be easily adjusted depending on your needs.
7. Cool your home the smart way
There are many ways to make your air conditioner work smart. One of them is a smart controller. Thanks to it, you can add extra features to the air conditioner and control it from anywhere where there is Wi-Fi.
Apart from being able to manage your system intelligently, you will also be able to get updates on its filter and when it needs to be cleaned!
All this ensures that the appliance is not running at maximum power, thus increasing its average lifespan.
8. Improve your home insulation
For your air conditioner to work efficiently, you need to make sure that your home has good insulation. This way, you won't have to waste any of the cooled or heated indoor air.
All of these methods will help you enjoy quality and efficient air conditioning for a long time.
If it's still time to replace your air conditioner with a new one, visit Fuji Electric's website where you'll find a variety of high-efficiency smart air conditioners. Contact our team if you need professional advice.