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How long will my system last for?

With Florida temperatures reaching close to the 100’s every year day after day, we wonder how people lived without air conditioning!

For our air compressors that live outside in the heat and rain all year long, we must ask ourselves what is the average lifespan of an air conditioner compressor? It is anywhere from 8 to 15 years, but it’s hard to say exactly how long any given air conditioner compressor unit will last. May things factor into how long it will last as well, like routine maintenance, so let’s look at how we make the life of our HVAC system last longer.

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The Big Factors for Air Compressors

The size and location will play into this, say your outside unit is nicely under a tree or even a part of the roof overhang. This will likely help extend the life some, not much though. Other factors include duct size, how often the unit is in use. If you get regular service done to the system or not. If one of these areas causes an issue normally it’s easy to deal with. But let’s say everything decides to not work, well now your system is all sorts of funky and won’t last very long at this rate. Here we go over each area;

Air Conditioner Size

The size of your air conditioner affects how efficiently it works, as well as how frequently it switches on and off. A unit that is too small will run almost constantly in very hot weather as it struggles to cool your home; an oversized unit will have short cycles that fail to remove humidity from the home, which can end up damaging the coil.

Duct Design

It’s important for proper functioning that duct work is designed with the right number of air returns and vents for the home. If your air conditioner is struggling to get enough air to recycle or can’t cool the home efficiently because of poorly designed ducts, it’s going to run too often, shortening its life. Another big problem with air ducts in Tampa Bay area is that attics can easily reach 165+ degrees. The extreme heat can have a big impact on the life of your duct work. Over time, the ducts can kink and seals can break, leaking cold air into the attic instead of your home.

Air Conditioner Use

Like anything else with moving parts, the more you use your air conditioner, the faster it’s going to break down. No matter how good the unit, the more it runs, the sooner it will need to be replaced.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Your air conditioner does its job faithfully, without any actions on your part — in fact, it’s basically out of sight and out of mind, right? Unfortunately, it’s that kind of attitude that leads to shortened air conditioner lives. Even though they don’t need a ton of attention, twice yearly maintenance is important to keep your air conditioner running at its best. Did you know that many air conditioner warranties are void if you don’t provide regular maintenance? Our units in the topics take an especially hard beating during the Florida summer, that’s why air conditioning tune ups are so important. They can save you a lot of money in the long run!

Extending the Life of Your Air Conditioner

Even if your air conditioner is brand new, you can extend its life by practicing good habits now. You’ll get the most out of your unit if you do just a little maintenance each year, including:

Changing your Filters Frequently

Plugged up filters make it hard for your air conditioner to work properly, much in the same way as improperly designed ducts. If your unit can’t suck in air efficiently, it can’t blow out enough cooled air to keep your home comfortable. It’s especially important to clean these filters during hurricane and pollen season when our air is more dusty than usual.

Cleaning your outdoor Unit

At least twice a year you should pull any vegetation off of your outdoor unit and spray it down with a garden hose to remove dirt and sand that has blown into its tiny fins. Vegetation and dirt make it hard for your unit to efficiently lose the heat that builds up as it works.

Bringing in Some Shade

Like removing debris, adding shade can increase your unit’s efficiency. The hotter your unit is, the harder it must work to cool indoor air. After all, the outside unit’s main job is to release the heat from your home, outside. Adding a large shade to units that are in direct sunlight will make them work better by keeping them cooler and allowing them to more easily release heat.

Raising the Indoor Air Temperature

It’s tempting to run your air conditioner until the windows frost, but you may find that you’re just as comfortable if you turn the temperature up a little and use fans to help with cooling. Not only do fans make it feel cooler, they encourage cooled air to circulate more evenly. The impact of proper air circulation can be huge on how warm your home feels.

Why try to remember when its time to get the bi-annual check up, leave it to Martin Carpenters Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule and remind you when its time to have your system checked. Don’t delay, call us today!

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