The team here at Fresh Air and Heat is your one-stop for all your HVAC cooling system needs. We offer numerous services from installation, repair, or if you feel like you need a new A/C unit, we got you covered. Our team of A/C technician professionals will look at your space and determine what system will work best for your residence. The factors we base our decisions on include the size of your space, the area that needs cooling, and how energy efficiency of your A/C unit. We do this to make sure you get the most bang for your buck and so you can have a unit that will work for many years. Call Fresh Air and Heat today to learn more about our AC Installation services.
Average Life Expectancy
The average A/C unit will last about 10 to 20 years, depending on how well it has had maintenance, how hard it has had to work, and how frequently it has needed maintenance. If your air conditioning unit is beginning to feel the effects of time, it may be time to install a new one.
Many people wait too long to install a new A/C. This is because they are worried about the costs of installing a new unit. Not only that, but they think about how much money they are letting go to waste by operating an old unit that has to work even more challenging than usual to keep your home or building cool. The harder a unit needs to work, the more expensive your bills and the more it needs to be maintained. There will come a time where your unit is on its last legs.
If you have been living in your home for 10-20 years, then you may want to call out a technician to come to inspect your A/C unit. One of our technicians will let you know if it is time to consider installing a new air conditioning unit. This way, you can get ahead of it and schedule a replacement instead of just waiting until the entire unit breaks, and you have to spend a hot summer with a broken unit.
Every part of your home or business needs a replacement at some point, and your A/C unit is no exception. Do not wait when you already know that your unit is aged and could need a replacement. The longer you wait, the more costly it will be for you in the end.
How to Get The Most Out of Your AC
If you feel like you are constantly going through A/C units, then it may be that you are not keeping up the proper maintenance on your unit once the air conditioning unit is breaking down. After AC installation, you should get at least ten years out of the unit and 20 years if you can regularly maintain your unit.
What can shorten the lifespan of the A/C unit is improper maintenance, working it too hard, and installing the wrong size unit. Here are some of the reasons why your unit could be experiencing some difficulties:
- Proper maintenance of an AC unit is key to ensuring it has a long and healthy life after installation. When you have installed a new air conditioning unit, you want to feel its effects for a long time. It is frustrating to pay for something new and start seeing wear and tear effects after only a few years.
- To avoid this, have regular inspections performed by qualified technicians and maintain your unit correctly. Be sure to change the filter on it consistently, or you will notice adverse effects such as inefficient cooling and potential damage occurring to the unit.
- If you want your newly installed AC unit to last the full 10 to 20 years, then be sure to perform the proper maintenance that is necessary for the unit. When you do, that unit will be sure to last.
An Overworked Unit
- The purpose of AC units is to monitor your home’s temperature at any given time easily and cool to the degree it is put at. When the temperature of a room exceeds those settings, the unit has to work to push the temperature back down. This isn’t a problem more often than not, but the longer an AC unit has to spend cooling down your home, the more challenging it has to work.
- Many people keep their AC unit running at max capacity for as long as possible. The cooler you keep a home, the longer the unit has to work, and the longer a unit has to work, the harder it has to work. Have you ever thought about how long your AC unit is running during the day? If you keep it at your desired temperature 24/7, that will have a lasting impact on the unit.
- This does not mean that you should never lower your unit’s temperature or that it’s not okay to keep your unit at what you find comfortable. It is, after all, designed to keep rooms cool, but when you have opportunities to give it a break, you should take them. Going out of town for a week? Keep the AC unit warmer than you usually would. Schedule your AC only to run when you are actually at home. If you work a 9-5 job, there are eight hours a day when your unit doesn’t need to keep your house perfectly cool. Use these opportunities to take the strain off your AC unit, and by doing so, you will be making an effort to keep it functioning well beyond installation.
An Improperly Sized Unit
- You might think that if you pay for the largest AC unit possible, it will take no effort to keep your house cool, but that is not the case. Finding the proper size for your home is a crucial part of adequately installing an AC unit.
- When we come out to your home to see what your home looks like, we will also consider how large it is. If you live in a two-bed, two-bath single-story house, then there’s no need to give you a unit for a two-story mansion or a unit that we install for commercial office buildings. AC units work best when they’re ready for buildings that they are meant for.
- Bigger does not always mean better in the world of AC. If your unit is too large, it will not run regular cooling cycles. When an AC unit runs a cycle, it pulls the warm air and humidity out of the air and pushes cool air back into your home. Infrequent cycles are less efficient, but they don’t properly remove the humidity in your home. It doesn’t sound very comfortable.
- On the other hand, a small unit will have to work extra hard and have longer cycles to do the same cooling as an appropriately sized AC unit. It’s a balancing act and one that a skilled AC technician will understand when installing your new AC.
Is it time to install a new AC unit? If your unit is somewhere in the 10-20 years of age, then call a technician to come to inspect it. They may be able to give you an estimate on how much longer your unit can last before you start to see adverse effects in areas like cost. This will give you an idea of how long you have before you need to install a new AC.
When it is time to install that new AC unit, give us a Fresh Air and Heat call. Our quality service and expertise are second to none. If you want more information about how we can help you with a new AC installation, then give us a call at 321-474-6314 or use our contact page.