How Long Can an Air Conditioning Unit Last?

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How Long Can an Air Conditioning Unit Last?

Air Conditioner Age

Air conditioners have improved a lot in the last few years. The best units are more efficient and are built to last. However, as good as these units are they do not last forever. But with proper care, you can ensure they last as long as possible. How long can you expect them to last and what can you do to extend their lifecycle?

The Importance of Air Conditioning

Air conditioning units can last anywhere from 12 - 20 years if they are properly maintained. This is essential in areas that have particularly hot summers as temperatures can rise into the triple digits on the hottest days. If you have ever had to live without air conditioning during the summer you know how important it is to have one that works well.

Factors That Can Affect Your A/C Unit’s Lifespan:

Frequency of Use

One of the biggest factors that determine how long an air conditioning system lasts is the frequency of use. The more you use the system, the more wear and tear it gets over time. It is not necessarily how many seasons it is used, but how often it cycles on and off.

How Clean Your System Stays

Dirt and debris build up over time with normal usage and should be removed frequently to ensure your air conditioning system runs smoothly. Changing air filters regularly helps keep the system cleaner by trapping and removing dirt and dust particles keeping them out of the system.

How to Prolong the Life of Your System

An air conditioning unit is vital for the comfort of your home and family. You can ensure that your system lasts the full length of time by giving it proper care. Here are a few things you can do to prolong the life of your air conditioning system:
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Schedule preventative maintenance
  • Yearly or seasonal inspections
 
Installing a programmable thermostat helps your system avoid wear and tear by cycling less often. The settings allow you to set the temperature higher when you're away from home and lower it just before you return so the system doesn’t have to run as long.
 
Scheduling regular maintenance service and yearly inspections will help keep your HVAC system performing at top efficiency. A lot of minor issues can be caught early and repaired before they can become larger problems.
 
Taking proper care of your air conditioning system will help it last as long as possible. A system that is serviced infrequently may last 15 years, whereas a system that is well-maintained may last 20 years. It is well worth the cost to get an extra 5 years of use from your current system.
 
Call the experts at Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning & Electric to maintain the health of your A/C unit. Our friendly HVAC professionals are trained to ensure your system lasts.

 
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