Usually, the average using time of air conditioners in GTA area is around 15 years. However, after diagnosing and repairing many air conditioners, we found that a great number of air conditioners have been scrapped in 5 to 10 years which is much lower than the average service time.
This article will give your several pieces of advice to help to increase your air conditioners’ service life. Besides, you can benefit from our suggestions of different ways to maintain the air conditioners.
Using Energy-Saving Thermostat
The first way to reducing the load on air conditioning is to use the setting thermostat. Keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away while lower the thermostat setting when you return home and need cooling.
A programmable thermostat allows you to do this automatically and without sacrificing comfort.
Replacing the Air Conditioners Filters
As a house-owner, changing the air conditioner filters is one of your most important tasks.
Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce the air conditioning system’s efficiency significantly. Additionally, it can also cause the devices to overheat and malfunction.
Regularly Cleaning the Air Ducts
If the air ducts have not been cleaned and vacuumed for a long time, it may reduce the airflow into your home. When your ventilation ducts have a heavy build-up of dust and grime, it will restrict the flow of air from the air conditioner. This means your system may have to work harder to cool your home, resulting in a decreased level of efficiency.
Cleaning the air ducts regularly will operate at peak efficiency and help to improve the air quality of your home which is beneficial for your health.
Therefore, we recommend cleaning the air ducts at least once a year before using the air conditioner.
Using the Covers to Protect Air Conditioners after Summer
In GTA area (where the air conditioner may only use for 4-6 months of the year), we recommend covering the outdoor air conditioners. In other words, it can protect the unit from winter weather, debris, fallen leaves. Excessive leaves and snow may damage the coils of outdoor air conditioning.
But never completely covers the air conditioner because it may cause rust and the internal moisture may cause damage. Please remember to take off the cover before using your air conditioner.
Regular Maintenance of Air Conditioners
One of the best ways to increase your air conditioner’s use time is to do the maintenance regularly. In fact, it is critical to keep the air conditioner running at optimum performance. However, even the best air conditioner needs to do the regular maintenance. Regular maintenance includes everything from detection to tuning to cleaning. It can deal with the problems before they get worse and maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner. Therefore, it can perform to its maximum capacity each summer.
Although it is cheaper to do the regular maintenance by yourself, it is still inevitable to hire a professional service technician sometimes. A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system efficiently. We recommend that finding a professional company every two years before summer to help you maintain your air conditioner.
When to Replace the Air Conditioner?
Air conditioners are not built to last forever.
In fact, an air conditioner will last the same amount of time as the average residential occupancy of roughly 15 years. It is time to change a new air conditioner when using it for over 15 years and it has big problems.
The old air conditioner’s components and the accumulated abrasions are not worth the expensive maintenance. Besides, it may also have other risks when you finish the repairing while the cost of continuous repair may be more expensive than replacing a new one.
A new air conditioner usually has more advantages, such as energy-saving. The new function can also reduce the load on air conditioners. Thus reducing abrasions, so it can help to increase your air conditioner’s use time. In addition, new air conditioners are always quieter and more efficient, which greatly improves your experience in hot summer.