Out of sight, out of mind. With home appliances, people tend not to focus on the things that are working well. In fact, no one thinks about their appliances until there’s a problem.
With air conditioners, especially in the harsh environments of Florida, regular maintenance and servicing of your system may be the key to your AC unit’s longevity.
So, just how long does an AC unit last on average?
The Longevity of Your Air Conditioner
AC Maintenance and Inefficiencies
Your AC system may be one of the most expensive appliances in your home, so it pays to know exactly when to replace your AC unit and when to perform regular AC maintenance. While this may be sage advice for any appliance in your home, it’s especially pertinent with your unit.
Even a regularly-serviced AC unit will fall prey to inefficiencies in time. Wear and tear on your system may have as much to do with the frequency of use as it does with the age of the components. Each of these factors has a role to play in the condition of your system. Documenting installation dates, service schedules, and other information can go a long way to preparing you for an eventual air conditioning replacement.
AC Unit Types
Another factor which affects the lifespan of an air conditioning unit is the type in question. Types of AC units can be small portable cooling devices that you plug into the wall or they can be part of a whole-home centralized air conditioning system. Consulting the manufacturer to find the appropriate lifespan of your system is a good place to start. At Easy AC, we encourage you to call us to talk about upgrading. We’re committed to quick, professional, affordable service, providing AC replacement services throughout the Tampa Bay area.
The age of your AC unit can be correlated to its lifespan. In hot and humid Florida, air conditioner systems tend to last anywhere from 8-14 years on average. Keep in mind this average depends on factors like where the home sits, if the AC system was properly installed, and if regular maintenance and servicing have ever been performed. The latest models boast an even longer lifespan.
Another factor in gauging the operational condition of your AC unit is humidity in your home. One of the biggest signs that your evaporator coils need to be cleaned is the presence of moisture condensation and/or freezing components. Be sure to consult a licensed AC professional when evaluating the efficiency and performance of your air conditioning system. A great way to do this is to get a professional Easy AC evaluation. We employ trained, highly-experienced technicians. From base systems to top-of-the-line technology, our technicians know it all inside and out. Call us now to schedule a visit or feel free to read on.
Constant exposure to natural elements such as storms or very hot days can cause internal parts to deteriorate faster than the manufacturer intended. In Florida’s coastal environment, especially in Tampa, AC systems can have a shorter lifespan due to salt water in the air, as well as chemicals that may be floating around in residential areas near crop fields.
Monitoring and Servicing
Whether your system is new, or you’ve had your AC unit for several years, monitoring and regular servicing will go a long way towards helping you stay on top of performance issues. Don’t forget to check with the manufacturer to get the most accurate information about your AC unit.
With regular service and an accurate estimate of the lifespan of your system, you can rest assured that yours will run hassle-free for years to come. Don’t let an old AC unit get in the way of your comfort. Remember, there’s no replacement for a cool home when summer temperatures begin to swelter. Easy AC has been keeping customers cool in the Tampa Bay heat for the last 13 years. There’s no shortage of companies in Tampa willing to listen to your AC needs, but we believe that if you give Easy AC a try, you won't ever call the other guys again.