Air conditioners are a big investment and should last for many years. However, there are some variables that can affect their service life. An air conditioning repair expert discusses five factors that shorten your air conditioner’s lifespan.

Air Conditioner's Lifespan

1. Surroundings

If your outdoor AC unit is located near landscaping, you should regularly check and clean it to ensure leaves, twigs and other debris don’t accumulate around or get inside the equipment. You should keep the surrounding area clean to promote good air circulation and prevent dirt buildup and blockages. If you have shrubs or bushes, trim them regularly so they don’t cover your condenser unit.

2. Humidity

Humidity affects how you feel the ambient temperature of your home. This could cause you to frequently adjust your thermostat, forcing your HVAC system to work hard and eventually leading to higher energy bills. Whether it’s summer or winter, you can use a dehumidifier to help control the moisture in your home.

3. Run Time

Allowing your HVAC unit to operate non-stop will lead to rapid wear and tear. To help your air conditioner run more efficiently, frequent cleaning, programmable thermostats and regular maintenance are a must. You can also reduce the heat indoors by closing your curtains, blinds and shades on warm days.

4. Poor Installation

Some homeowners opt to perform HVAC replacement or repair themselves or hire unqualified people in order to save money. However, this can lead to damage or incorrect installation, which can be dangerous and even more expensive in the long run.

5. Lack of Maintenance

This factor usually causes more serious issues over time. To extend the life of your air conditioner, hire experts to carry out routine maintenance on a regular basis. During an annual tune-up, an HVAC professional checks for any issues, inspects the system, replaces filters and informs you of any repairs that must be done.

When you need professional assistance for your HVAC repair or maintenance needs, Stone Heating and Air is here to serve you. Schedule a consultation with our experts by calling (541) 855-5521 or filling out this contact form.