Prolong the Life Expectancy of Your Air Conditioning System

 Prolong the Life Expectancy of Your Air Conditioning System

AC units are made to live for a long time, yet there are times that it might not seem to last as long as they must or as long as you want it to. Just because the warranty of the manufacturer covers for up to a particular amount of time, it does not mean that it’ll be the unit’s lifespan. Below are the ways on how you can prolong your AC unit’s lifespan so you could get the most of your investment:

Get Maintenance Yearly

While the air conditioners are made to handle lots of abuse and a bit tough, it does not mean that you can afford to skip any regular maintenance checks. The air conditioner’s average lifespan is 10 to 12 years, yet it may be prolonged with proper care. Just like cars, you want to ensure that your AC is always on top running order whenever you need it the most. Majority of HVAC companies provide an affordable service agreement for annual maintenance checks.

Maintenance Steps You May Take on Your Own to Ensure That Your Unit Lasts As Long as It Could:

Listen for odd sounds that might signal the unit’s breakdown.

Cut any shrubbery or vegetation away from your outdoor unit.

Change the unit’s filter regularly.

When Heating Technicians Come to Your Home, They Must Complete These:

Check the compressor’s amp draw and check the belts if they are adjusted properly.

Check the levels of coolant.

Check operating pressure.

Oil your unit’s fan motor.

Clean the unit’s condensing coils.

What’s the Best Way of Extending the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioning Unit?

A good way to prolong the life expectancy of your air conditioning unit is to keep it maintained, clean, and free from the debris both outside and inside. Never run it at very cold temperature if it isn’t necessary and turn it off if you can handle indoor temperature including evenings when the temperatures outside drop.

If you hired a technician for a maintenance check, you might have him include duct cleaning if that’s included in your contract. If not, you must check into it and do that every several years to keep out the pollutants and excess dirt and build up that could make your AC unit to work harder than it must.

If you have an AC unit that produces heat during the winter season, you must ensure that you have own system serviced and inspected before both summer season and winter season. If you have a unit that’s very old, you might want to think about investing in a more energy efficient AC unit or a ductless system that is guaranteed to last for many years.

If you’ve been using individual AC units in some rooms of your home, you might also like to think of installing central AC system within your home to help you with your monthly bill and to give you a more stable level of temperature throughout the entire home with ease of remote control device or thermostat control.

Plumbing Tips for Home Owners – Clearing Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are inevitable for any plumbing system. Clogged drains are always an inconvenience, but they can often be a health hazard as well. At our business we’re always ready and able to repair your clogged drains, but in some cases, you may be able to handle the repair yourself.

Drain Clog Clearing Tips for DIY Residents

Different drains require different solutions for clogs. Here are the 3 major drains and how to unclog them:

Kitchen and Bathroom Sink Clog: Most sink clogs can be cleared with a plunger. However, the clog may be built up around the stopper, in which case simply removing the stopper and cleaning it could solve the problem. If not, fill the sink part way with water and begin plunging.
Kitchen sink clogs are most often caused by grease. Boiling water can be poured down a sink with metal pipes to remove grease, but could damage PVC pipe. For PVC pipe try pouring vinegar and baking soda down the drain to eliminate grease.

Bathtub drain clog: Bathtub drains most often clog slowly from an accumulation of hair. The first thing to try would be removing the stopper or screen and clean it thoroughly. If that doesn’t do the trick, try using a Zip-It tool which can be purchased at a hardware store for around $3.

Toilet clog: In some cases a plunger will provide enough strength to unclog a toilet. If your toilet clog requires more than a plunger we recommend calling a pro to have one of our professionals complete the repair.
We must note here that harsh, chemical based solutions are not recommended for any drain clog repair. They are expensive and inefficient and can do damage to your pipes, as well as the environment.