Properly maintaining your HVAC system is a combination of regular homeowner maintenance and professional maintenance. We are dedicated to educating our customers on how to maintain and extend the life of their HVAC system, and assisting them in reaching optimal, whole-home comfort. Here is a comprehensive list of what you can do as a Maryland homeowner to extend the life of your AC.
Use a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is programmable to change the temperature on either a timer or directly from your phone. Giving your AC a break when you’re not home allows some rest time for the unit, but also extends the life of the equipment by not overworking it. If you’re not home during the day, simply turn your AC to about 5 degrees higher than your preferred temperature so that it has the option to kick on if your space gets too warm, but won’t be running the entire time you’re out. Even if you’re heading out for a quick run to the grocery store or out for dinner, these small rest times add up quickly and tack on a little extra life to your HVAC system.
Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit
Your outdoor unit will get dirty just by being outside. Debris such as dirt, leaves, sticks, and twigs can build up on your outdoor condenser unit over time, which can cause damage to the internal components. It can also reduce airflow and clog drainage. Periodically, you’ll want to remove any debris in the fan cage, sweep around the unit, and trim back any overgrowth within a three-foot radius of the unit. Keeping the condenser clean from debris will allow it to run more efficiently.
Clean Your Indoor Coil
Dirt and debris will also gradually accumulate on your indoor coil over time. It is very important to clean this coil regularly to ensure your unit is cooling properly. It is suggested that a professional check the coil twice a year.
Have A Professional Complete Regular AC Maintenance to Extend the Life of Your AC
An air conditioning repair and maintenance professional in Laurel, MD should complete a check-up on your unit twice a year, usually in late spring and early fall. Some parts are vulnerable to wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced. Replacing worn out parts before they cause an emergency situation will save you headaches and emergency repair costs.
At Minnick’s, we not only offer air conditioner repair in Maryland, but maintenance plans to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, too! Our standard maintenance plan includes regular check-ups and priority front-of-the-line scheduling, and our remote maintenance plan monitors your systems around the clock!
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Change Your Filters Regularly
Changing your AC filter is great maintenance that any homeowner can complete. You should do so within the time frame specified on your filter (usually every 90 days). Choosing the proper filter for your AC system and keeping your filter clean will help with airflow, better indoor air quality, and your system’s overall efficiency. It will also extend the life of your AC.
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Utilize Window Coverings
Insulated curtains are a stylish and inexpensive way to safeguard indoor air from escaping your home. Windows are a typical problem area for air leaks and insulated window coverings can help mitigate temperature fluctuations. Blinds or curtains are also great at keeping unwanted heat from entering your home, which only makes your AC work harder.
Inspect or Clean Your Ducts
As air is being pushed through the ducts, so is some debris. Make sure to have your ducts cleaned at least once a year to remove any build up and increase airflow efficiency. We also recommend a regular inspection or Home Energy Audit to check for any air leaks in the ductwork that could be causing your AC to be working overtime and possibly attributing to poor indoor air quality.
Clear Your A/C Drain Line
A little known job of your AC is that it actually pulls excess humidity out of the air in your home and removes it as condensation through a drain line. If your AC drain line becomes clogged, it could lead to some complications. For example, a clogged drain could force the AC to shut down to protect itself or even overflow, causing damage to the unit or the flooring around the unit. Extend the life of your AC and keep the AC drain line clear by having it checked and flushed regularly.
Have a Professional Complete a Whole-Home Energy Audit
A Minnick’s, our Home Energy Audit examines each and every fine detail of your home’s comfort and efficiency. A full inspection of your home, ductwork, and insulation to combat air leaks will have an immediate effect on your energy output. Properly air sealing your home will not only aid in whole-home comfort, but create a lot less work for your AC.
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Work With an HVAC Professional at Minnick’s in Laurel, MD to Inspect Your HVAC System
Minnick’s AC Repair Laurel, MD technicians are highly trained and experienced in emergency AC repair, air conditioner installation & repair, insulation & air sealing and HVAC maintenance. Schedule a preventative maintenance appointment today to extend the life of your AC with our Maryland air conditioning services!
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