Your cool, comfortable home can quickly turn into a hot, humid box when your AC breaks, especially during a hot summer day.
How long can you expect your unit to last? The life expectancy of an air conditioning system is determined by several factors, such as how often you use it, its brand, location, and routine maintenance.
On average, an A/C unit will last between 10-20 years. The range depends largely on whether or not you receive proper maintenance on your unit throughout the years. Your AC system’s life expectancy can be extended by performing regular maintenance. Clean debris out of your unit regularly, cover the unit during the winter and protect it from the elements. Also, change your air filters regularly, monitor your refrigerant levels, and schedule yearly tune-ups with a reputable HVAC company. When you give your unit an annual once-over, HVAC professionals will spot any potential issues before they turn into expensive disasters. Make sure your unit is in a shaded area. You don’t want it to be in direct sunlight. An air conditioning unit that runs or cycles too frequently is at risk of overheating, which can cause a whole host of potentially expensive problems.