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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 here to last. 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 often maintained. This is vital in areas that have hot summers as temperatures can rise into the triple digits. If you have ever lived without air conditioning in the summer, you know how important it is to have one that works.

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

Frequency of Use

One of the biggest factors that determines how long an air conditioner can last is how often you use it. The more you use the system, the more wear and tear it gets over time. This does not mean how many seasons you use it, but how often it cycles on and off.

How Clean Your System Stays

Dirt and debris build up over time with normal usage. You should remove this build up often to keep your air conditioning system running. Changing your air filters often helps keep the system cleaner. These filters trap and remove dirt and dust particles and keep 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

A programmable thermostat helps your system avoid wear and tear by cycling less. The settings allow you to set the temperature higher when you’re away from home. Be sure to lower it before you return so the system doesn’t have to run as long.

Scheduling regular maintenance will help keep your HVAC system performing at top efficiency. You can catch a lot of minor issues early and repair them 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 not serviced often 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, Cooling, Electric, Plumbing & Sewer to maintain the health of your A/C unit. Our friendly HVAC professionals are ready to make sure your system lasts.

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