3 Ways to Ensure Your A/C Lives Longer

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When a customer buys a new air-conditioning system, it’s an investment of thousands of dollars. On average, A/C units last from 12 to 15 years. However, you may be able to extend your unit’s life and help it operate more efficiently using these three ways to obtain maximum value for your money.


1. Proper Installation

Your A/C unit won’t stand a chance if it’s installed improperly. Hire a professional contractor who boasts a long history of installing central A/C systems. Read their customer reviews – are clients satisfied or are they experiencing issues that point back to installation?
A faulty installation can lead to leaky ducts, low or impeded airflow, and incorrect refrigerant charges. These minor altercations can substantially increase your unit’s risk of operating at partial efficiency, costing you more money on your energy bill, or failing entirely. Hire a professional you can trust to install your unit with 100% competence to avoid these pitfalls.


2. High-Quality Parts

When something small on your A/C unit breaks, it might be tempting to replace it with a cheap part online or at your local used parts shop. However, replacing your equipment with less than standard-quality parts will only lead to your unit breaking down again or increasing your energy bill, since it has to work harder to compensate for the faulty part.
Not all units are created equal. Conduct some research and shop around for the best brand to suit your needs, comparing their features and ratings.


3. Routine Cleaning

Cleaning your A/C unit doesn’t have to be done by a skilled professional; you can easily do it yourself, and you should do it at least annually. Clearing your unit of debris such as leaves and dirt regularly can work wonders for its proficiency and longevity, and can greatly increase your chances of reaching 20 or more years with your unit.


After an A/C cleaning, you should be able to see a difference on your electric bill and feel the difference inside your home. Your unit will be functioning to its full ability instead of being bogged down by debris. It will last longer, be less prone to failure, and consistently serve your home peak efficiency.