It’s easy to forget that the appliances we use daily, especially air conditioners, don’t last forever. Getting caught unprepared to replace your AC can put you in a difficult situation both physically and financially. That’s why we’ve compiled all the information you need about how long ACs last, how to keep them around longer and what to look for when it comes to replacing them.
How long do AC units last?
A traditional HVAC system can last about 15-25 years if properly maintained and serviced. Similarly, ductless AC units last 10-15 years if you treat them well. However, you should start monitoring for signs that you need an AC replacement when your system is 10 years old.
How do I know if my AC is too old?
It’s important to know how to spot signs that your AC is getting too old, especially if you don’t know its age. Look for the following indicators that your AC is too old:
- It’s been around for over a decade
- Your AC still uses R-22
- It frequently breaks down or needs repairs
- Strange sounds or odors come from your AC
How can I extend the life of my AC?
Whether you just got a new AC system and want to protect it or you’re trying to make your current AC last longer, there are several things you can do to extend the life of an AC. This includes:
- Changing the air filter regularly
- Getting seasonal tune-ups twice a year
- Check for air leaks in your home
- Address issues when they occur
What do I look for in a new AC?
When it is time for a new air conditioner, look for a quality system that is worth investing in. Choose a high-efficiency AC unit with a good SEER rating, which will save you money on your monthly bills. You may be wondering, “What is a good SEER rating?” An AC unit with a SEER rating of 13 or higher is considered great, although there is no perfect SEER number.
For AC installation Fresno can count on, choose Lee’s Air & Plumbing. Contact us today to schedule your AC installation.