It’s easy to forget that your AC unit has a lifespan, that it will eventually need to be replaced. For the most part, your AC is something that can run well for a long time without your interference. But how long does an AC unit last?
Air Conditioner Lifespan
A well-maintained air conditioner should last 15-20 years, and in some cases they last longer. However, an AC that hasn’t been maintained will likely last less than 15 years. To be safe (even if you take great care of your AC), you should begin monitoring your system for signs that it needs replacement after 10 years.
What can you do to extend your AC’s life?
Many factors affect the lifespan of your AC unit. Although some air conditioners break down despite being well taken care of, taking the following steps greatly increases the likelihood that your AC will last for many years:
- Change the air filter every few months, more during the summer and winter months.
- Have two tune-ups each year, once before summer and once before winter.
- If you notice a potential problem, don’t wait — have it repaired.
- Check for air leaks in your home that could cause undue stress to the system.
- Clean coils if they get dirty.
When to Call a Professional
When your AC stops working, a professional touch is often required to fix it. However, there are some things you can do to prevent paying for a visit from your air conditioning company. Check the circuit breaker to ensure that power is being supplied to the unit, then make sure the thermostat has power. If there is power, make sure that the AC isn’t frozen by checking for ice on the unit.
If you still can’t find the source of the problem or are uncomfortable trying to troubleshoot it on your own, contact a professional. If you notice signs that you need repairs, including abnormally high energy bills and unusual odors or sounds, schedule a visit from the AC company Escondido trusts.
Whether you need AC repairs or AC replacement, the technicians at My Guy Heating & Air are experienced and skilled, providing quality service to Escondido residents. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment or tune-up.