Air Conditioning Mistakes That Shorten Its Lifespan

Last updated on October 1, 2023

Here are the most common air conditioning mistakes that will shorten the unit’s lifespan. You need to avoid these. Read on!

It’s not until the hot season arrives that you realize how crucial the air conditioner is to your household. Your family can’t comfortably sleep at night, you start sweating the moment you step out of bed, and all you can think about is how to get relief from the heat. Children are the most affected by the heat as they tend to get cranky and irritated easily.

The last thing you want is your air conditioner to stop working in the middle of a hot day. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many people who make common mistakes that shorten the lifespan of their air conditioner. The mistakes include:

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Not Changing the Filter

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Change the air conditioner’s filter every three months, depending on your filter type. A clogged filter can restrict airflow and cause your air conditioner to work harder, shortening its lifespan. 

In addition, a dirty filter can lead to health problems such as asthma and allergies. If you live in a dusty area, change the filter more often. Call professionals who can provide skilled HVAC assistance for advice on filter type, size, and when to change.

Not Cleaning the Unit

Your air conditioner’s coils need regular cleaning to ensure efficient operation. They’re located behind the unit’s grill and in front of the fan. To clean the coils, first shut off the power to the system. 

Remove the grill and use a soft brush to dislodge dirt and debris. Finally, rinse the coils with water and let them dry completely before turning the power back on. An expert can carry out the exercise during a scheduled maintenance check.

Incorrectly Sized Unit

An air conditioner that’s too small or too large for a room will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature, resulting in higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan. Call an AC Service expert to find the right size unit. They will take measurements of the room and calculate the ideal unit size for your needs. Other considerations are energy efficiency, features, and price.

Not Keeping the Area around the Unit Clear

If the area around the unit is cluttered, the air conditioner will have to work harder, shortening its lifespan. Debris can also block the unit’s drainage system, causing water damage. 

To keep the area around your air conditioner clear, remove any unnecessary items and trim back any foliage close to the unit. Check whether the vents on the unit are unobstructed and clear any debris.

Skipping Maintenance Checks

Have your air conditioner serviced by a professional at least once a year. The technician will clean the coils, check for leaks, and lubricate moving parts during the service. A well-maintained air conditioner will run more efficiently and have a longer lifespan.

Letting The Unit Run Constantly

Running your air conditioner all day long will increase your energy bills and shorten its lifespan. When the temperature outside is cooler, open the windows and let the fresh air in. The exercise gives your air conditioner a break and saves energy costs. Additionally, install fans in your home to circulate the air and make the space more comfortable.

Not Knowing When to Replace It

Eventually, your air conditioner will reach the end of its lifespan and need a replacement. How often you replace a unit depends on the make, model, and how well it’s maintained. 

Typically, a well-maintained air conditioner will last around 10-15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and breaks down often, it may be time for a replacement. Upgrade to a more efficient unit to save on energy costs in the long run.

Let a Professional Handle More Technical Tasks

While you can carry out some maintenance tasks yourself, such as changing the filter and keeping the area around the unit clear, it’s best to leave more technical tasks to the professionals. You’ll prolong the unit’s life, lower energy bills, and ensure your warranty remains valid.

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