How to Extend the Life of Your Split System Air Conditioner

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Split system air conditioners are an ideal way to keep rooms cool without having to use valuable space on the walls and windows. Like any other device, your air conditioning unit requires maintenance to keep it in good working order. Below are some tips to help you extend the life of your air conditioning unit.

Vacuum the Indoor Vents

The indoor vents on your AC unit are responsible for ensuring that cold air exits the unit and enters the room. With use, these vents can become filled with debris and dust. A blocked vent can result in lower air quality in the room, as the dust and debris are expelled and begin to circulate in the room. To prevent this you should periodically vacuum the indoor vents on your AC unit.

Cleaning the Outdoor Condenser Unit

As well as cleaning the indoor part of your AC unit, it is vital you also properly maintain the outdoor condenser unit. Because it is outside, the condenser unit is vulnerable to becoming blocked by leaves, dirt and other debris. If your outdoor condenser unit becomes blocked, the air conditioning unit will have to work much harder to maintain a cool temperature within your home. This will place additional strain on the unit, shortening its lifespan. An AC unit with a blocked outdoor condenser unit will also use increasing amounts of electricity, which will cause your home energy bills to rise.

You should hose down the unit with water and then vacuum its condenser fins to remove any debris and dirt which have accumulated.

Replace or Clean the AC Filter

The filter in your air conditioning unit performs the vital task of trapping dirt and debris, preventing them from entering the AC unit. However, over time the filters will become clogged with the dirt and debris they have trapped. A blocked filter will reduce the air flow into your AC unit, causing the unit to work harder to maintain a cool temperature. Depending on the type of air conditioning unit you have installed, you will either have to remove the filters and clean them using a vacuum cleaner or replace them entirely with new filters.

If you experience any problems with your air conditioning unit, you should contact a professional air conditioning contractor, who will be able to assess your unit and advise you as to any repairs or servicing required to keep the unit running in peak condition.


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