How long will your AC last? Newer air conditioning units are built to last around 15-20 years. Some may even last as long as 30 years. However, if you want to get the full lifetime of air conditioner units, you will need to practice regular maintenance.

Taking routine care of your AC doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, the more you do it, the easier it will become.

Read on for five simple tips to extend the life of your air conditioner.

1. Clean Your Outdoor AC Unit

Your outdoor HVAC system is bound to get dirty over time. A few times a year, head outside and clear away things like leaves, fallen branches, and other debris. You should also trim back any bushes or trees that grow within three feet of the unit to give it plenty of room and prevent blockages.

2. Change the Filter

Do you know how often you should be changing the filter? Ideally, you should change it a few times throughout the year.

Changing the filter on a regular basis allows your AC unit to run more efficiently. It prevents the blockage of airflow and also benefits your health. A dirty or clogged filter can actually worsen your indoor air quality, exacerbating a number of respiratory problems.

3. Get the Ducts Cleaned

The same goes for your ducts. When air ducts are dirty, they reduce the amount that cool air can travel from your AC unit and into your home. This causes the unit to have to work harder, which puts more strain on the hardware and shortens its lifespan.

4. Check for Leaks

Before turning your air conditioner on for the summer, head outside and check for leaks around the outdoor unit. Leaks are a major sign that something is wrong. If left unattended, the source of the leak could cause your air conditioner to break down.

What are some other signs you can look for? Check for unusual sounds or smells when you turn your air conditioner on. You should also take notice if rooms aren’t cooling down evenly or you can’t seem to hold a consistent temperature.

5. Get Regular Air Conditioner Repairs and Tune-Ups 

Whether you’ve detected a specific problem or it’s been a year since your last air conditioner inspection, give us a call. Most air conditioner repairs require specialized tools and expertise, and we don’t recommend DIY methods. Instead, let us take care of all of your air conditioner maintenance to get the most out of your unit.

Get the Most Out of Your York County Air Conditioner

If you want your air conditioner to function for years to come, the best thing you can do is commit to regular maintenance. Williams Service Co. is proud to provide HVAC service to homeowners throughout York County, PA.

To find out more about our services and availability, contact us today. Let us know what’s going on with your air conditioner and we’ll come out to address any issues right away.