When you purchase and install a new AC system, you’re usually given an idea of its average lifespan. You’ve spent a lot on that system and you want to make sure that it’ll last for as long as it’s supposed to. You might be wondering what steps need to be taken to make sure it does just that. You’ll be happy to know that the answer is relatively simple. To make sure your AC lasts as long as it possibly can, invest in annual AC maintenance. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of AC maintenance and how it can extend the life of your air conditioner.
Air Conditioner Lifespan
Most air conditioners will last around 10 to 15 years. However, a lot of factors go into AC lifespan with the biggest factor being whether it’s maintained regularly and if it’s repaired quickly. Many homeowners who’ve been religious about getting maintenance and timely repairs have had systems that have lasted longer than 15 years before needing a replacement.
The potential for your AC to last longer begins at installation. If your AC is installed poorly, it can cost you years off of the life of your unit. All components need to be placed correctly so that they can work together with the most efficiency. It’s definitely a process that you don’t want to rush or leave to amateurs. Leave it to your professionals at Front Range HVAC to ensure proper installation!
The real potential to extend your air conditioner’s lifespan lies with regular maintenance. Ideally, you want to have a professional check out your air conditioner once every year. It gives our team an opportunity to review all of your components and identify small problems that can become big problems later on. It also ensures that your system remains optimized over the course of its entire life. If there is a major problem, we can fix it before it leads to a complete system breakdown. Annual maintenance also helps you maintain your AC’s energy efficiency. This also translates into higher energy costs as the years go on. You may think that you’re saving money by skipping out on annual AC maintenance, but the costs will catch up to you later on especially if you end up needing a costly repair or new system.
When we talk about maintenance, you also have to do your part as a homeowner. This includes paying attention to signs that something is wrong with your air conditioner and changing the air filter on time, every time. If you allow your air filter to get too dirty, it can allow dust and dirt to escape through the filter and get inside your AC unit. A clogged air filter can also block airflow so your air conditioner has to work harder to produce the same results. This adds wear and tear to your AC and also costs you your monthly energy bills with less airflow.