Tips for Extending the Life of an Air Conditioner

You’ve just replaced your broken air conditioner with the latest energy-efficient model. It was a bit pricey, but you have no doubts that you’ll make up for the difference in price through energy savings. However, how can you ensure that your new unit lasts longer than your previous one?

Extending the life of an air conditioner is a relatively simple task, but you cannot be lax about it. Here are a few suggestions for helping extend the life of your air conditioner:

Trim the Bushes

If the condenser of your unit is situated near bushes, make sure you trim the bushes on a regular basis. Foliage has a nasty habit of blocking airflow, making you’re A/C unit work harder than it actually has to. A good rule of thumb is that the condenser should be at least 36 inches away from something that could block airflow.

Clock Out Early

Set your A/C to turn off automatically an hour or two before you need to wake up. Don’t worry; your room will stay cool enough for you to be comfortable when you wake up. This provides your unit an extra hour of rest. It may not seem like much, but it definitely adds up over time. You should also follow this one-hour method for when you know you’ll be leaving the house.


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