How Long does an Air Conditioning Unit Last?

How Long does an Air Conditioning Unit Last?

When the fierce sun is so hot, it’s hard to imagine life without a functioning air conditioner.

Awkwardly, air conditioners don’t live as long as people, and in the brutal conditions air conditioners can have remarkably short lives without proper care and maintenance. The average lifespan of an air conditioner is anywhere from 8 to 15 years, but it’s hard to say exactly how long any given air conditioner unit will last.

The Biggest Issues in Air Conditioner Lifespans

Definite factors can influence how long your air conditioner survives, including the size of the air conditioner unit, your duct design, the amount of use and how much maintenance your unit receives. The impact of these items can be minor by themselves. However your air conditioner may have a very short life when several parts of the equation are out of whack.

How the different factors can shake your unit:

Size of Air Conditioner

The size of your air conditioner affects how efficiently it works and how frequently it switches on and off. A unit that is too small will run almost constantly in very hot weather. It fights to cool your home. An oversized unit will have short cycles that fail to remove humidity from the home, so it can end up damaging the coil.

Design of Duct

It’s significant for proper functioning that duct work is designed with the right number of air returns and vents for the home. Your air conditioner is struggling to get enough air to recycle or can’t cool the home efficiently because of poorly designed ducts? It is going to run too often, shortening its life. Another big difficulty with air ducts is that attics can easily reach 165+ degrees. The dangerous heat can have a big impact on the life of your duct work. The ducts can kink and seals can break, leaking cold air into the attic instead of your home over time.

Use of Air Conditioner

The more you use your air conditioner, the faster it’s going to break down, like anything else with moving parts. No matter how good the unit, the more it runs, you need to Air Conditioning Replace very soon.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Without any actions on your part your air conditioner does its job faithfully. In fact, it’s basically out of sight and out of mind, right? Awkwardly, it’s that kind of attitude that leads to shortened air conditioner lives. Even if they don’t need a ton of attention, twice yearly maintenance is important to keep your air conditioner running at its best. Did you know that many air conditioner warranties are void if you don’t provide regular Air Conditioning Maintenance? Our units in the valley take an especially hard beating during the summer. That is why air conditioning tune ups are so important. They can save you a lot of money in the long run!

Extending the Life of an Air Conditioner

You can extend its life by practicing good habits now even if your air conditioner is brand new. You’ll get the most out of your unit if you do just a little maintenance each year, for example:

Change your Filters Frequently

If your unit can’t suck in air efficiently, it can’t blow out enough cooled air to keep your home comfortable. Plugged up filters make it hard for your air conditioner to work properly, much in the same way as improperly designed ducts. It’s particularly important to clean these filters during monsoon and haboob season when our air is more dusty.

Clean your outdoor Unit

Minimum twice a year you should pull any vegetation off of your outdoor unit and spray it down with a garden hose to remove dirt and sand that has blown into its tiny fins. Vegetation and dirt make it hard for your unit to efficiently lose the heat that builds up as it works.

Bring in Some Shade

Adding shade can increase your unit’s efficiency like removing debris. The hotter your unit is, the harder it has to work to cool indoor air. The outside unit’s main job is to release the heat from your home, outside. Adding a large shade to units that are in direct sunlight will make them work better by keeping them cooler and allowing them to more easily relief heat.

Raise the Indoor Air Temperature

You may find that you’re just as comfortable if you turn the temperature up a little and use fans to help with cooling. However it’s tempting to run your air conditioner until the windows frost. Not only do fans make it feel cooler, they encourage cooled air to circulate more evenly. The influence of proper air circulation can be huge on how warm your home feels.

Schedule a Yearly Air Conditioning System Check-up

Have an air conditioning professional check the coolant level, ductwork and general well-being of your air conditioning system once a year. In this way you’ll catch problems early, when they can be easily remedied.

Contact Jupiter Air Conditioning and Heating at (800) 407-1727 to learn more about how we can help!