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4 Ways to Increase Your Air Conditioner’s Lifespan

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During the hot Jackson, MS, summers, your AC unit gets put through its paces. With the high usage rates, long summer days, and humid nights, ensuring your AC unit can last for the long haul becomes vitally important. Finding ways to prolong the lifespan of your AC unit can help prevent interruptions in your service and put off installing a costly brand new system before you need it. 

Everyone could use a little guidance in helping prolong the lifespan of their air conditioner. Environment Masters specializes in AC repair and regular maintenance that can help keep your system running for years to come. 

Why Regular Maintenance Matters

Like every piece of equipment, your AC system has an average lifespan of 10-15 years. However, how well you take care of your unit — or don’t take care of it — can significantly impact its life expectancy.

For example, with good maintenance, an energy-efficient air conditioner can last upwards of 20 years. Without maintenance, you might need to schedule a replacement before it even reaches its 10th birthday.

While you can schedule an air conditioning repair service to address the issues as they happen, taking a preventative approach is always the best option. Here are four of our favorite ways to prolong your AC system’s lifespan. 

Check Your Filters

Most homeowners may be surprised to know how many AC problems can trace back to dirty air filters. Your HVAC system’s air filters affect airflow throughout the entire unit, impacting how well your home cools in the summer. Regularly checking and swapping out air filters can help improve the overall air quality of your home while also keeping your system running smoothly. 

Double Check Your Air Ducts

Air ducts distribute the cool air throughout every inch of your home with precision. When the air ducts are installed properly and remain free of obstructions, air flows evenly throughout your home, keeping each room nice and cool. However, if the ducts become uneven, blocked, torn, develop kinks, your airflow — and your comfort levels — efficiency decrease. 

Have you noticed that there’s uneven cooling throughout your home? It could be a potential sign that there’s a problem with the air ducts. If you leave the ductwork obstructed for too long, your AC works harder to evenly distribute cool air throughout your home, which could cause premature failure of the system. A professional air conditioning service can help you identify where in your ductwork there is an issue and provide you with the solutions you need to fix the problem. 

Utilizing Smart Thermostats

To keep your system from experiencing premature wear and tear, you must find ways to prevent it from running into the ground. Most of the time, that means ensuring your system stays as energy-efficient as possible and only runs when you need it. Old school thermostats indicate a range your AC unit shoots for when cooling your home. Smart thermostats aim to provide a more controlled and nuanced approach. 

Smart thermostats allow homeowners to set their AC to turn on at a specific time, for a particular duration, and turn off when it’s no longer needed. You don’t have to have your AC running the entire day to ensure you come home to a cool home. Simply clicking a few buttons in an app can help you program a schedule to make your system more efficient!

Don’t Let Needed Repairs Go Unaddressed 

Occasionally, an issue with your AC might seem small and insignificant at first glance. You might think you don’t have to address a minor leak right away, or you choose to ignore any loud rattling until necessary. However, the longer you let these issues linger, the faster they spiral out of control and become a more serious problem. 

When in Doubt, Call the Top AC Maintenance Service in Jackson, MS

When it comes time to extend the life of your AC system, you need the help of the best in the industry. Environment Masters has the knowledge and experience to address any underlying issues that can ruin your AC before its time. We can help provide your system with the necessary maintenance to give you the comfort your home needs. Contact us to schedule your next service appointment!

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