Average Life of an Air Conditioner & How to Extend It

Keep doing this, and your air conditioner will be around for a LONG time. You'll easily extend the average life of your air conditioner.

Air conditioners are certainly not cheap. They are an investment for your home that will hopefully last year many years to come (especially if you purchased central AC). It only makes sense that you would want to do everything you can to ensure that your air conditioner is living up to it’s fullest potential.

So how do you double the life of your air conditioner, then? Well, it requires one important rule: Take care of it. Your air conditioning unit is like any other machine in your house. It needs attention. It needs cleaning. It needs the proper space to live in. Here’s what you need to do.

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Average Life of an Air Conditioner: Outdoor AC Units

First, make sure that your unit is in a cool, shady spot. Giving it the shade and protection it needs will actually make the AC unit work less, giving it a longer lasting life-span. However, you want to also make sure that there isn’t too much debris or grass covering the unit. The unit needs enough space to breathe and keep the air flowing smoothly. If there isn’t a clear pathway to the air, the AC unit will still work twice as hard.

If your AC unit is in a clear spot, the best thing you can do is to keep checking the area around it. Did a storm recently hit? Go check to make sure there isn’t extra debris around (or caught in) your unit. Clear away any blockage, but make sure to only do so when the power is safely off.

It’s probably also wise to keep the air conditioner on a regular cleaning routine. Here’s how to go about cleaning the air conditioner.

Average Life of an Air Conditioner: Window AC Units

Keep the unit clean! When you have dust and sticky grime building up in your unit, it will cause it to work even harder than before. Constantly check for dust build up, and use this nifty trick to keep your air conditioner clean.

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Next, make sure to be changing out your filter. Some heating and cooling maintenance workers even recommend changing out that filter every 30 to 60 days. Think about it, when’s the last time you actually changed out that filter? It could probably save you a great deal of money (and time with your air conditioner unit) in the long run.

You may also want to consider having an annual checkup on your air conditioners to make sure everything is in order before the heat of the summer really kicks in. This DIY air conditioning service repair can help you with any issues you may find