According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average air conditioning system lasts about 15 to 20 years. Considering the hot and humid climate, air conditioners in the Fort Worth area often wear out even more quickly than that. In order to prevent this, here are three effective ways to ensure that your air conditioner keeps its cool for many years to come.

Keep Your Air Filters Clean

No matter what kind of air conditioning system you own, dirt and dust are among its greatest enemies. In particular, dirty air filters can cause a great deal of unnecessary stress. A clogged air filter restricts airflow and causes your system to work harder than it should. You should change your filters at least once per month during the summer to ensure proper airflow.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

An ounce of prevention is undoubtedly worth a pound of cure. Regular maintenance catches minor issues before they can become major breakdowns, therefore extending your AC’s lifespan. It also reduces the burden on your equipment by ensuring that it’s operating at peak efficiency. There is no bad time to schedule maintenance, but springtime is ideal, ensuring your system is well-equipped to handle the burden of Fort Worth’s steamy summer weather.

Maintain Proper Airflow

Your air conditioner requires a smooth and uninterrupted flow of air to perform at its best. The primary culprit of air flow blockage is often leaky, dirty, or improperly installed air ducts. Dirty registers and air leaks in the home can also add to the burden. Correcting these issues is essential to preserving your air conditioner’s lifespan. A professional HVAC contractor can quickly detect and repair these problems and keep your AC’s air flowing freely and efficiently.

It’s essential to be proactive to avoid a breakdown and keep your air conditioner working for as long as possible. To learn more about how you can protect your air conditioner, check out North Tarrant Heating & Air’s HVAC maintenance services or call 817-435-1447 today.