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How to Ruin Your Air Conditioner in Less Than 10 Years

Air conditioners are not cheap to replace. Ideally, you want yours to last as long as possible so that you can maximize this investment in your comfort. However, as fantastic as your air conditioner is, it’s not invincible. It’s important to know what not to do so your system can run smoothly year after year.

Here are 5 things to avoid that will run your air conditioner into the ground fast.

1. Keeping the same air filter in too long

Your air conditioner’s air filter has the important job of keeping dust, dander, and other airborne particles out of the machinery. However, when the filter gets too dirty, it restricts the airflow through your AC system. This puts unnecessary strain on the components and can lead to overheating and part failures.

2. Growing plants too close to the outdoor unit

Compared to the rest of your yard, your outdoor AC unit can be a bit of an eyesore. However, before trying to conceal it, keep in mind that the unit needs ventilation on all sides. Otherwise, all of the heat that the equipment is trying to release will have nowhere to go. Give the unit at least 1 foot of horizontal space on all sides and at least 6 feet of overhead space.

3. Skipping preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance is essential to keep your air conditioner functioning at its best for as long as possible. According to the Department of Energy, neglecting maintenance is basically a guarantee that your AC’s performance will go downhill and that its energy consumption will go up.

4. Blocking air vents

When you block air vents to save money in unused rooms, that air has nowhere to go. Subsequently, you’ll have a buildup of air pressure in your vents that can lead to air leaks. On top of this, your AC will no longer be sending out the same amount of air that it’s pulling in, creating an additional efficiency issue. Bottom line: keep all vents open, and make sure no furniture or rugs are blocking them.

5. Giving your AC extra work

The more you use your air conditioner, the faster it will wear out. Does that mean you should avoid using it at all costs? Of course not. This simply means that you should avoid activities that add heat to your home.

Here are some tips to help out your AC on hot days:

  • Use heat-generating appliances earlier in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Keep window coverings closed in rooms that get direct afternoon sunlight.
  • Use floor, table, and ceiling fans in occupied rooms to reduce your dependence on your AC.

At Bounds Heating & Air, we’re proud to offer quality air conditioning services throughout Gainesville. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (352) 290-3370 or contact us online.