How Long will My Air Conditioner Last?

Posted On: June 8, 2015

Your home cooling system is a costly investment and as with all major and expensive household appliances, you hope to get the most out of your investment. On average, air conditioners last 12-15 years. In the Ogden, Utah area, our summers may not be as long as our neighbors in the desert southwest, but temperatures from June-September can climb pretty high. It’s not unusual for temperatures here to reach well into the 90’s—and stay there. With that kind of intense summer heat, you need reliable home cooling to ensure comfort on the hottest summer days.

Getting the Most Life Out of Your AC

No home cooling system is completely failsafe. The life expectancy of your AC unit depends on how often it’s maintained, and how many demands are placed upon it. As with any appliance, care and maintenance are the keys to extending the life of your air conditioner.

AC Placement

Many factors can affect the longevity of your home cooling system. Placement of your AC unit can create a less-than-hospitable environment for your condenser. Grass, weeds, and brush can inhibit airflow, causing your unit to work that much harder that it has too which can shorten its life. So make sure you keep the area around your unit free and clear of overgrowth, dirt, and debris.

Clean Your Air Ducts

If your compressor and components need to work overtime to achieve a comfortable level of cool in your home, your air conditioner will wear out much sooner than it should. Make sure your ducts are free and clear of debris and replace your filters every 8-12 weeks—especially if you have pets or you use your system more frequently. Blocked air ducts and clogged filters are among the biggest causes of inefficient AC usage and strain your system.

Make sure your vents aren’t obstructed by furniture or other household items. By allowing your AC to circulate, you’ll make it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature. Likewise, help keep the air flowing and cooling with the use of ceiling fans. Not only will comfort be maintained, but your energy costs won’t skyrocket.

Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

Mountain Air Conditioning and Heating, Northern Utah’s number one home heating and cooling professionals, can help extend the life of your AC. The most efficient way to prolong the life of your home’s cooling system is by scheduling regular inspections with Mountain Air. Our annual AC inspection will keep your cooling system in top condition and spot any potential for problems before they get out of hand.

When you sign up for our affordable HVAC maintenance program, your air conditioner will be ready to take on the summer heat and keep your home cool and comfortable. With Mountain Air’s regular maintenance, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your system is operating as efficiently as possible, using far less energy and saving you money. Contact Mountain Air today to extend the life of your air conditioning system—(801) 416-2215(801) 416-2215!