Four Mistakes That Could Cause Your AC Unit To Fail Prematurely

Posted on: 13 May 2016

The average air conditioner can last around 16 years – but that's only if it's properly maintained and cared for. Many homeowners make mistakes that end up leading to premature AC failure. Here's a look at those mistakes you'll want to avoid.

Letting weeds and brush grow around your outdoor condenser unit.

Weeds, grass, and brush growing around your condenser unit does a lot more than just decrease your AC system's efficiency. It makes the unit work harder to pull in air (the brush blocks the air flow), which puts excessive strain on the motor and can lead to premature failure. Make a habit of trimming any grass, weeds and bushes near your AC unit every few weeks during the summer. Consider relocating any bushes growing nearby to keep them from blocking airflow.

Not changing the filter enough.

Your AC unit has to push air through the filter. The more clogged the filter becomes, the harder it has to work to accomplish this. Once again, this puts more strain on the motor and can lead to premature failure. Change your filter at least every 2 – 3 months. Keep a stack on hand so you don't keep putting off going to the store and buying a new filter.

Never having your ducts cleaned.

Since air duct cleaning typically costs between $300 and $500, it's a service that many homeowners put off. But when you never clean your air ducts, a number of things happen to your AC system. Your filters get dirty very quickly, forcing the unit to work harder as described above. Your AC condenser's coils also get dirty, which reduces the efficiency with which they cool air. This causes the unit to have to stay on for longer each time it cycles on, which also increases wear and tear. Have your ducts cleaned at least every couple of years, and you'll save in the long run by not having to replace your AC unit as soon.

Not having the unit inspected annually.

Little problems with your AC unit are usually easy to fix if they're caught early. But if they're left unaddressed, they may warrant the whole unit non-functional. When issues are minor, they don't always cause any problems you'll be able to detect on your own. So have your unit inspected once a year by a qualified HVAC technician to ensure small issues are caught and repaired early on.

For more information or to schedule an inspection, contact a company like Burks Service Company.


Working with an HVAC Contractor to Care for Your System

As a homeowner, you know how important your HVAC system is for comfort throughout the year. If the air conditioner or heater is not working properly, it can result in higher energy costs as the system struggles to keep your home temperatures in a comfortable range. Working with an HVAC contractor will help you maintain your system for reliable use long term, and possibly help you cut your power bills enough to notice the savings at the end of the year. Check out the pages on this website to learn more about how to find the perfect HVAC contractor to work with and how you can be of assistance to them when it comes to keeping your system in tip-top shape.