The lifespan of an average AC unit can vary drastically depending on where you live and how you treat your unit. It is important to understand how outside factors can impact the life of your air conditioner, especially in places like Phoenix with extreme temperatures throughout the year. Here we will give you an idea of what you can expect from your AC replacement unit for the future.
How Long Does an Air Conditioner Last?
After a costly AC replacement, you probably want to know how long it will be before you are faced with making another AC repair or replacement again. The good news is that most AC units last 10-15 years, and can even survive up to 20 years under proper conditions. However, in order to get the most out of your new AC unit you must be sure to properly care for the unit year after year.
Factors that Affect Lifespan
One of the biggest indicators of how long an AC unit will last is the average temperature of the area. Since Phoenix is known for extreme heat, it stands to reason that most residents in the Phoenix area demand more from their AC units than homeowners in other parts of the nation both in terms of the amount of cooling that is needed on any given day and the number of hot days where the AC is in use. This excessive use acts to prematurely age your AC unit. For this reason, residents in extreme temperature areas should plan on replacing their units ever 10-12 years just in case.
Another important factor is how well your system is maintained. Proper cleaning, inspections, and checking the refrigerant to ensure optimal charge can keep your unit from working harder than it has to. Even a tiny pinhole leak in the coils of your AC condenser could allow refrigerant to escape. This will force your unit to run longer to achieve the proper temperature drop. For this reason, it is recommended that you have your unit serviced bi-annually, or that you sign up for one of our four maintenance plans to catch any leaks immediately and keep your system in tip-top shape.
Day & Night Air offers Phoenix AC service for units new and old. Not only can we help you replace your old broken down unit, we can also perform repairs and regular maintenance to prolong the life of your existing unit and save you money. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with one of our technicians.