Purchasing and installing a new air conditioning system is a big commitment, whether you are a first-time owner or replacing an outdated unit. One question we never fail to hear is, “How long can I expect my air conditioner to last?” There are average lifespans associated with each type of air conditioning system, but the truth is that a lot depends on you, the homeowner. Let’s take a closer look.
Maintenance and Repair
The two best ways to make sure you get years of good use out of your air conditioning system is to do two things regularly: schedule annual maintenance (bi-annual maintenance if you have a heat pump) and scheduling repair as soon as you detect an issue has developed with your system. Why are these steps important? Let’s first take a look at annual maintenance.
Annual maintenance is actually a full tune-up for your system, and because it is, it offers a number of benefits. The EPA estimates that for every year you don’t schedule your AC for maintenance, you will lose 5% in energy efficiency; you’ll see this reflected in your monthly energy bills. So one of the first benefits you’ll see from scheduling annual maintenance with a pro is better energy efficiency. Another important benefit is preventing repair needs. Your system will undergo a thorough inspection during a maintenance appointment that allows your technician to detect any existing or developing problems and get ahead of them. Lastly, you can count on having the comfort you want and need because your AC will work optimally.
When it comes to repair, the main item to keep in mind is that it is important to address repair issues right away. It can be tempting to put off repairs, especially if the system is still running, but this is never a good idea. Problems don’t fix themselves and will likely become worse over time; these kinds of things will stress your air conditioner even more than the neglected repair. The bottom line? Call for AC repair help as soon as you need it.
The AC experts at Climate Masters are here to help with all of your air conditioning needs in St. Johns, FL – all you have to do is give us a call!