7 Tips to Make Your AC Last This Summer

Now that it’s officially summer, it’s likely your air conditioning system has been cranked to full blast, and with good reason given how stifling the North Carolina heat can be this time of year. This far in off the coast, the density of the heat can be intolerable and even dangerous, so your AC unit is definitely not something you want your home to be without for any period of time. If you’ve ever had an air condition unit give out on you during the warmer months, you know how miserable even a few hours can become, and sleeping through the night without AC is anything but comfortable.

To make your AC last and reduce your risk of having it break down on you this summer, there are things you need to do to make sure it’s maintained and capable of functioning properly. Your air conditioning unit is not a set-it-and-forget-it kind of appliance. It requires attention and ongoing care to perform properly for the long haul. If you treat it like a workhorse, it’s not going to work for you for long. Treat your AC unit right, and it will take care of you for many summers to come. Learn a few tips from Air Works Heating & Air below that can help you give your system the much-needed TLC it deserves to keep going strong all season long.

  1. Have the unit cleaned by an HVAC professional at the start of summer. This is necessary to remove anything that could cause it to clog or shut down now that it’s working harder.
  2. Check the ductwork and wiring for wear. If your ducts or wires have started breaking down, your unit may end up working harder and still not be able to cool your home efficiently. All wiring repair must be handled by a professional to avoid serious injury.
  3. Take a look at your drain line. Drain lines need to be cleaned of built-up dirt and debris or they’ll get clogged. If you’re not comfortable doing this, it’s recommended to enlist an HVAC professional.
  4. Change your air filter. These filters are an essential part of your system and need to be changed every one to three months, depending on use, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure you only replace them with quality, approved filters.
  5. Clear the space around your unit. Overgrown bushes, vines, leaves, etc. leave little space around the unit for it to work properly and can get lodged inside the unit, damaging interior parts that may shut down unexpectedly.
  6. Keep an eye on your refrigerant lines. Are they insulated? Appropriate insulation will help the system work more efficiently. If this isn’t up to par, a professional is needed to make this repair safely.
  7. Assess whether it’s time to replace your unit. If your current air conditioning unit has collected some age and you’ve noticed it struggling to perform how it used to despite your maintenance efforts, it’s time to just get a new, quality unit all together. Putting this off until the system shuts down for good is a recipe for inconvenience and frustration later on when you’re sweating in your living room trying to figure out what to do next. Save yourself the stress and be proactive to keep yourself cool all summer long.

For questions or more AC unit maintenance tips, contact our expert team at Air Works Heating & Air!