Improving the Lifespan of Your Calgary Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner plays a vital role in keeping your home comfortable. Most central air conditioners have a lifespan of about 15 years. Replacement can be expensive, so you want to do everything you can to extend the life of your air conditioning (AC) unit. Regular maintenance lengthens the lifespan of your unit, and Just in Time Furnace’s qualified gas fitters and installation technicians are here for your regular tune-ups and repairs to keep your home comfortable.

At Just in Time Furnace, we’re also your neighbors and want to ensure you receive the maximum value from our services. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to maintain your unit and get the most from your Calgary air conditioner.


Shade the AC unit – the cooler your unit, the less it has to work, and therefore the longer it will last. Plant trees or shrubs strategically, keeping the direct sun off of the air conditioner but far away enough that leaves, grass clipping, and other debris won’t be a problem.

Keep the AC unit clean – refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning your particular unit and turn off the power to the AC unit before cleaning. Use a broom and garden hose to wash out the leaves and dirt, and use care around coils as they can be easily damaged. Change your air conditioner filters regularly – on average every 30 to 60 days.

Regular AC service – maintenance is key to a healthy unit, and annual AC tune ups and minor repairs could add years of energy-efficient life to your air conditioner. Work with a qualified contractor and select a high-efficiency system appropriate for your needs and home size. Putting less stress on your air conditioner will result in less wear and tear and a longer operating life.

Inside your home, keep furniture and other obstacles away from the cooling vents, allowing a clear airflow and better circulation. Install a programmable thermostat, have ceiling fans to improve air circulation, and use blinds or heavy drapes to block out the sun’s heat. Ensure that all joints, seams, and gaps are taped and wrap your ducts with insulation.

Don’t wait for the breakdown; in all cases it is best to call in a professional to check it out as soon as possible if an AC repair is needed. To get the best air conditioner installation in Calgary and service and tune-up on the market, call Calgary’s Just In Time Furnace Inc. today at 403-333-6666 or stop by our office and we’ll happily provide you with a free estimate.

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