How Long Should A Central A/C System Last?

Although a central air conditioning system can break down unexpectedly, higher-quality models are more likely to last longer, provided the system is properly cared for. Air conditioner units functioning as part of a comprehensive HVAC system can last between 15 and 20 years. 

The longevity of your A/C system depends on a variety of factors, including the frequency and duration of operation; an air conditioning system rarely used will last even longer. If the routine maintenance of the air conditioner is followed, its life span is likely to be enhanced. Keep reading to find out what you can do to prolong the life of your system.

Benefits of A/C Units

Air conditioning improves the quality life and safety in homes and businesses. Apart from reducing humidity, air conditioning lowers pollen, mildew, and mold, and other allergens that trigger respiratory symptoms. Routinely changing your HVAC system’s air filter can also help prevent allergy flare-ups and asthma attacks. 

Air-conditioned spaces do not have to be ventilated by opening doors and windows, which is an added advantage in enhancing security and comfort. Air-conditioned spaces also provide people with a comfortable and relaxed environment for activities such as exercising, working, and sleeping. Aside from personal comfort, air conditioning can save electronic devices from overheating and malfunctioning, which can also save a lot of money over time.

Improve the Longevity of your A/C System

Here are a few things you can do to prolong the life of your system:

  • Stick to a Maintenance Schedule: For the air conditioning to function optimally, routine maintenance is necessary. Neglecting maintenance leads to a decline in the performance of the system and can result in costly repairs or the need for a total replacement. 
  • Regularly Change the Filters: A/C filters require routine cleaning or replacement. Reusable filters can be cleaned and used repeatedly while non-reusable filters will need to be replaced at regular intervals. You should refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions. 
  • Coil Maintenance: Evaporator and condenser coils regularly collect dirt from the system and should be inspected and cleaned annually.
  • Reposition Coil Fins: These components are easily bent, which can block airflow. 
  • The unit’s drain channels require regular unclogging to prevent humidity reduction by the unit, which causes discoloration of carpets and flooring due to excessive moisture. All maintenance should be performed by an experienced HVAC technician to preserve the integrity of the system.

Get Help from Trusted Professionals to Maintain Your A/C System

To prolong the life of your A/C system, it is important to enlist the help of a qualified HVAC technician.  You can trust the experienced team at Forney Air, to expertly diagnose, repair, and service your air conditioning unit.

Forney Air has been a dedicated service provider for over 30 years and our experienced and knowledgeable HVAC technicians work hard to provide exceptional customer service. 

Contact the Forney Air team today for A/C maintenance, installation, and emergency service.  Call us at (214) 924-9745 or contact us online.

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