Among the most common questions we get from customers is, “How long does an air conditioner usually last?” It’s a valid question, but the reality is there are many variables that can have an impact on the lifespan of your system.
In short, the answer is there is no single answer. While most air conditioner manufacturers will tell you that the average lifespan for a new system is between 10 and 15 years, it’s different in the Valley of the Sun. It’s important to consider that most of us run our systems a lot during the summer months which can take years off the expected lifespan. In other words, air conditioning systems can fail sooner in Arizona than in the rest of the country. But the good news is that you can proactively take steps to extend the lifespan of your air conditioning system.
Start with the Right Sized Unit
An oversized or an undersized unit can dramatically reduce the lifespan of an air conditioner. This is why it’s important to always choose a professional to manage the installation of a new unit – ensuring that measurements are accurately taken to determine the right sized system.
Change Air Filters Regularly
It’s such a simple task, but one that is often overlooked by homeowners. With an air conditioner working at full capacity through the summer months, we suggest changing out filters every month.
Regularly Scheduled Maintenance
At Bruce’s, we can arrange your air conditioning maintenance and keep you on schedule. This means an annual maintenance check and tune-up. If you have a heat pump, maintenance should be twice a year, just as you would schedule maintenance on a separate furnace.
Don’t Wait on Repairs
If you’re experiencing a problem with your air conditioning unit, don’t wait for the issue to worsen. This can make the difference between a minor fix and a major repair or even a replacement.
Rely on the team at Bruce’s Air Conditioning to help extend the life of your air conditioner and maximize the return on your home comfort investment. Call us today.