Living in Arizona, we rely A LOT on our air conditioners! With temperatures frequently over 110 degrees, your AC system runs more than most US households. While it is necessary, your AC units and systems will likely wear down faster than those in cooler climates. We are not saying you will need to replace your AC unit every other year (hopefully), we are recommending that you prepare for your system to not have a standard lifespan.
An AC unit in Arizona typically has a lifespan between 12-15 years.
High temperatures and frequent use of your air conditioner will shorten the life of the unit. However, there are several actions you can take to prolong the life of your AC unit, possibly beyond 15 years too.
Prolong Your AC Unit’s Life
Simple actions can help you extend the life of your air conditioner. A few include:
- Timely Repairs – Much like putting off a visit to the dentist because your tooth aches, putting off repairs on your AC unit will only escalate the problem. A broken part may shut down the entire system or it will force your unit to work harder to cool your home. Either way, fixing any problems as quickly as possible will ensure you are not without cool air.
- Routine Maintenance – Industry standards recommend you have your AC system inspected by a professional technician at least once per year. More specifically, before the summer heat hits Arizona is the best time. Doing so will not only make sure your AC unit works when you need it most, but it will also give you the opportunity to have preventative maintenance complete. Small preventative repairs over time can help extend the life of your unit.
- Change the Filter – This is a simple task that can be easily complete, but also easily forgotten. To support a longer lifespan of your AC unit, change or clean the filter on a regular basis. As the filter collects pollutants and prevents them from circulating throughout your home, it can become blocked. This blockage will require the unit to work harder to cool your home and wear the unit down.
When To Replace Your AC Unit
Taking good care of your air conditioner will certainly have a positive influence on its life. When your unit is getting closer to its 15th year, it may be time to prepare for replacing it. There are several signs you can look for to know when this time has come.
If you notice your utility bills are higher one season over another, it may be time to replace your AC unit. This means your system is working harder to maintain the temperature inside your home forcing your bills to be higher. Frequent repairs to your system is another common sign your AC unit needs replaced. Other less common signs include significant condensation, strange smells and sounds, or poor air flow.
Are you seeking a licensed HVAC technician to inspect your AC unit? Reliable Air Conditioning provides expert repair services and new unit installation to the entire Phoenix Valley. Our technicians are available to inspect your current system and offer the best maintenance to help extend the life of your unit. You can also rely on our comfort specialists to provide you with the best options for your home and budget should it be time to replace your AC unit.
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