The Life of an AC Unit
The average life of an air conditioning unit is approximately 10 to 15 years, depending on usage, maintenance and when it was manufactured. As with any piece of equipment, it works best in the early years when all the parts are brand new and squeaky clean. As time, grime and wear and tear accumulate, the efficiency of the unit begins to wane. From the high performance of being brand new, all units enter a phase of average performance for a number of years. Proper maintenance will extend the number of years the unit functions at this level.
Compare the life of an AC unit to the life of a car. Both come from the manufacturer with bright, shiny parts and maximum efficiency. To maintain that efficiency, regular maintenance is a must. Cars need to have fluid levels checked, flushed and changed. Over time, belts wear and crack and need to be changed as well. By preemptively performing these maintenance tasks, a car owner can prevent a situation in which they are broken down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
Similarly, an air conditioner needs maintenance. The air filter needs to be changed regularly to keep dust and dirt from building up on parts, causing the machine to work harder in order to achieve the same result. Evaporators and condensers also need to be kept clean. If you aren’t sure where those parts are or how to access them, ask for a residential AC maintenance check. Our technicians can perform the maintenance tasks required to keep your unit working at its best for as long as possible. During the audit, they may or may discover some repairs that need to be made, like an auto mechanic may notice a belt that needs to be replaced when he changes your oil. The sooner a repair is made, the less likely it will be cause to additional damage to your unit. In the middle of a Texas summer, you don’t want to be caught in a lurch with a broken down air conditioner. For residential AC repair in Austin, Round Rock or Cedar Park any time of the year, give us a call.
As with all machines, a time will come when it is best to replace your air conditioner with a new unit. Even with years of proper maintenance and upkeep, parts eventually wear out and repairs cost more than the unit is worth. At that point in time a residential AC audit may again be helpful as you seek to find the best AC for your home. If your previous air conditioner was not an Energy Star appliance, you may be pleased to learn how much you can save on your energy bill each month by replacing your old unit with one designed for better energy efficiency. Let us help you perform the calculations required to determine the size of air conditioner that will best meet your cooling needs. We’ve been in the Austin area for the past 18 years. That’s longer than your air conditioner’s life expectancy.