Investing in an air conditioning system is a big financial decision, and it leaves many homeowners wondering how long their cooling system will actually last. An air conditioner can generally be expected to last between 10 and 15 years, but there are some important things you can do to extend AC lifespan including scheduling regular maintenance, clearing debris from the condenser, changing the filter and installing a smart thermostat.
Routine preventative maintenance is one of the most effective ways to extend AC lifespan. You should have your home comfort system serviced by a certified cooling technician at least once a year, as this will keep the system running efficiently and help prevent expensive repairs and system breakdowns from occurring in the future.
Clean Outdoor Unit
The outdoor condenser unit is an instrumental part of your home cooling system, so it’s crucial that it’s maintained year round. Make sure the unit isn’t obstructed by any branches, grass clippings, twigs or other debris. Ensure there’s enough clearance around the unit for proper airflow, which is essential for extending the lifespan of your AC.
Change Filter Regularly
Air filters prevent dust, dirt and other airborne contaminants from entering your system and impacting the air quality inside your home. A dirty or clogged air filter can have a detrimental impact on AC lifespan, as this decreases energy efficiency while adding major strain to the components in your system. Check your system’s filter every month and change it whenever it gets dirty or clogged.
Installing a programmable thermostat is another thing you can do to extend AC lifespan. Smart thermostats improve energy efficiency and reduce the overall wear and tear on your system. By adjusting the AC unit’s operation time to match your day-to-day schedule, a smart thermostat ensures your system is only being used when it’s needed.
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