If you’ve had your cooling system for several years, you might be wondering whether or not you should start thinking about getting a new one. While the average air conditioner lifespan is around 15 years, there are several factors that will determine how long yours will last. Here are some of the most important ones.
The Type of System
Quite simply, some air conditioners are just built to last longer than others. For instance, a two-stage air conditioner will probably last a longer period of time because it won’t cycle on and off as often.
The Quality of the Installation
One of the most important determining factors when it comes to air conditioner lifespan occurs when it is brand new. If a system is installed properly it won’t be as susceptible to breakdowns that can lead to expensive repairs. That’s why if you’re considering a new unit you’ll need to make sure you hire a professional, qualified contractor to make sure it is installed correctly.
Wear and Tear
We can have some brutally hot summers in North Texas, of course, and that can shorten air conditioner lifespan. The harder it has to work, the more accelerated the wear-and-tear process will be. However, wear and tear can also increase due to a lack of maintenance or improper installation. These are the two main reasons why a cooling system has to work harder than it should to make you comfortable.
One great way of prolonging air conditioner lifespan is by using a programmable thermostat so that your system only comes on at specific times. Set the temperature higher while you’re gone for the day so that your AC gets a rest now and then. You’ll not only save wear and tear on the unit, you’ll also save money in energy costs.
Maintenance is also key to extending your air conditioner lifespan. Having an expert check your system on a regular basis will ensure that small issues will be identified before they become major problems.
If you have any questions about how to extend the life of your AC unit or you want to learn about the advanced models on the market today, contact Global Efficient Energy online or give us a call at 1-888-826-7881.