5 ways to extend the usefulness of your HVAC system
There are many ways that you can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and last a few summers longer than expected. While the typical life of an HVAC system is about 14 years, below are a few tips to help you bump that number a little higher, and get some bonus years out of your system.
- Regularly change your filters! This might be the most basic maintenance points for homeowners. It doesn’t take too much time or effort, and can save you costly repairs down the line. When a filter gets clogged up, air flow is restricted to your system which can cause a host of issues. At Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating, we recommend use throw away filters that can be found at your local hardware store, and changing them sometimes as often as once a month. We can even help you with one of these steps by providing you with a year’s supply of air filters through our Sharp Air Maintenance Program. Give us a call to find out more!
- Take an AC time out – Like with anything mechanical, your HVAC system will wear out more quickly if it is on at all times, day and night. Try to turn your air conditioner off if you plan to leave the house for an extended period of time. Dialing up the temperature just 5 degrees will allow your air conditioner to get a much needed break during hot parts of the day, without letting the temperature climb into the 90’s inside during the hot Arizona months.
- Give your outdoor unit some TLC – If you live in the Valley of the Sun, you are probably familiar with what seems like a new phenomenon… the dreaded Arizona “Haboobs”. If you are not familiar with these yet, it is basically a wall of dirt that covers everything in a fine layer of dust once the storm leaves. This includes the outdoor component of your HVAC system. While one of these storms usually wont deposit enough dirt to have an effect, the build up of a few storms and normal debris outside can build up on the condenser coil and cause problems. Every now and then, try to clear any debris that you can see, i.e. leaves, dirt, etc., even just hose down the outdoor unit. This will continue to allow airflow through the coils and keep you cooling efficiently.
- Check for Leaks – When we say check for leaks, we aren’t really saying to check for air leaks in the duct system. While this might be a good idea normally, checking for air leaks is something best handled for a technician that can get into the attic to check your duct work. The type of “checking for leaks” that you as a home owner can preform, is making sure there isn’t any evidence of leaking Freon at your outdoor unit. If you can see an oily substance on any of the surfaces, turn off your system and call Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating. If you system is leaking Freon, it can be a costly fix if not caught early on, and a system running without Freon can cause other damages to the system as well.
- Is your HVAC system draining? – Through normal operation, your HVAC system can build up condensation from cold surfaces exposed to the Arizona heat. All good operating and well maintained HVAC systems will have good drainage as well to allow this condensation to run off to the ground, or anywhere else besides in your home or back into the unit. Annual maintenance through our Sharp Air Conditioning & Heating Program can make sure your HVAC system is draining properly, saving you from costly water damages that can occur when these drains are clogged, blocked, or install improperly.