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How Long Should My Air Conditioner Last?

Sometimes we like things to come back to basics when it comes to air conditioning services. That’s what we’re going to do today. Your air conditioner is set to last you a certain amount of time. The general rule of thumb is that your air conditioner should last you about 10-15 years. The thing about this timeline though is that it’s not going to be foolproof. There are different variables that affect how long your air conditioner can last.

Today we’re going to run through a few that are sure to affect how long your air conditioner lasts. This information is valuable. The sooner you know this information, the sooner you can implement it and help your system last longer. We’re the experts in air conditioning in Troy, MI.

The 10-15 Year Expectation

First things first, let’s talk about the 10-15 year expectation that we hear surrounding air conditioners. You’re expecting your air conditioner to last this amount of time when you get it because it’s what all the manufacturers say and what any professional will tell you. The thing that we want to emphasize here is that it’s the expectation but not always the reality.

The actual amount of time that your air conditioner lasts is more dependent on you. If you need help getting your air conditioner to last as long as possible, just make sure you’re referring to these other factors below.

Other Variables You Should Consider

Here are the other factors that you should consider when you’re trying to get your air conditioner to last as long as possible:

How Often You Maintain

Do you maintain your air conditioner every spring? You should be if you aren’t. This is one of the best ways to maintain your home’s air conditioner so that it’s always in pristine condition. A well-maintained air conditioning system keeps you cooler, costs you less, and lasts you longer.

It lasts you much longer because a system that’s in great shape doesn’t experience any excess strain that’s going to wear down your system. Excess wear and tear lead to quicker breakdowns.

How You Run Your AC

Do you run your system responsibly? This is going to look like you choosing appropriate thermostat temperatures (never below 20 degrees of what the outside temperature is), choosing a high-quality thermostat, and choosing qualified professionals.

How You Care for Your System

Caring for your air conditioning system is an important aspect of this as well. Make sure that you’re calling for repair services as soon as you realize that you’re having issues with your air conditioning system. This is the only way to make sure that your AC system stays in proper shape and lasts as long as possible.

Your Climate

The warmer the climate, the more work your air conditioner has to do. Luckily for us, we don’t live in a climate like that of Las Vegas, but we do have hot and muggy Michigan summers. They pose their own threat to your comfort. This is why it’s so important to stay on top of your maintenance and schedule appointments for repair when needed.

Contact Charter Home Comfort today for your home’s air conditioning services.

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