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How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last?

Did you just buy a new air conditioner?

Or, do you have an old one that seems to be on its last leg?

Air conditioning systems are an essential part of nearly every household these days. They keep us comfortable, help us sleep, provide us with clean air, and overall make life much more enjoyable.

Although AC systems are a wonderful thing to have, they aren’t cheap! So naturally, you want your equipment to last a long time with as few malfunctions as possible. That doesn’t sound too difficult, right?

Well, you may be surprised to find that air conditioner life spans can vary by quite a lot, due to circumstances and care.

In this article, we will be discussing the average life span for an air conditioner as well as the most effective ways to get every last dollar’s worth out of your cooling system.

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How long will my air conditioner last?

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Let’s start with the good news, shall we?

In optimal conditions, an air conditioning unit has the potential to last anywhere from 15 to 20 long years! Pretty great, right? Although it sounds too good to be true, it happens.

However, it is also important to understand the many variables that factor into the lifespan of an air conditioning system, not all units live up to their full potential.

The Two Most Common variables that affect the lifespan of your AC unit:

First & Foremost – The Quality of Installation

Having your air conditioner installation done properly is one of the most critical factors in getting the most out of your unit.

You need to make sure you hire a professional AC technician who knows how to accurately assess your home’s cooling needs, recommend the right equipment required to meet those needs, and install it properly.

If you get an AC unit that is too small for your home, the unit will be continuously overworked without ever achieving your desired comfort levels. Not to mention the extreme energy costs you will incur. An overworked ac unit will likely only reach half of its potential life span.HVAC fresh air intake

If your unit is too large for your home, the unit will spend its lifespan short cycling and improperly controlling your home’s humidity levels. Short cycling is when your ac unit shuts down operation prematurely, only to start right back up again soon after. These constant back and forth shifts in operation causes the unit’s motor to wear down much faster than it should.

If your air conditioner is installed improperly, you will likely experience ineffective cooling cycles, unnecessarily high energy bills, and regularly recurring malfunctions/breakdowns, all of which will shorten the lifespan of your unit and cost you money.

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Secondly – Proper Maintenance

Like any machine, an air conditioner needs proper maintenance to ensure optimal performance. This includes professional tune-ups, air filter changes, duct cleanings, and much more.

When regular maintenance is overlooked, your air conditioner has to work much harder to cool your home. You are also likely to spend more time repairing your system and shelling out money for temporarily improved performance. This type of care will only result in excessive expenses and a short lifespan for the equipment.

How can I maintain peak air conditioning performance?

The best way to ensure that you get the absolute most out of your air conditioner is to always hire the professionals and keep up with proper maintenance.

If you need a reliable air conditioning installation service, give Cruz Air & Electric a call today!

All of our HVAC technicians are highly trained and licensed to get the job done right. With over 35 years of experience, we guarantee proper air conditioning installation services and dependable maintenance designed to make your unit last. If you want an AC system that exceeds all of your expectations and continues to provide you with comfort for years to come, call Cruz!

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