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Don’t Let the Arizona Heat Get to Your AC — Here’s How Long Your AC Should Last

Understand the Life Expectancy of Your AC

Air conditioning is vital in Phoenix, and you need to know that your system is ready for the next big heat wave. It can be tough to tell how many more years you have left before you need a new AC, but a few things can help you determine how long it may be until you need a replacement.

Here, we’ll discuss the typical lifespan of an air conditioner in Arizona, how to keep your system going for as long as possible, and how Champion Air can perform comprehensive maintenance on your cooling system.

How Long Most ACs Last

Usually, a good air conditioning system will last for 10 to 12 years before it needs to be replaced. Several factors can impact the longevity of an air conditioner, however, including:

  • Frequency of use: When an AC runs constantly, it’ll age faster and need to be replaced sooner.
  • Regular maintenance: Annual maintenance and tune-ups will help resolve minor problems and keep the system running well longer.
  • Brand of air conditioner: Lower-grade brands or models may not last as long as higher-grade models.

Over time, every air conditioner will need replacing, but taking good care of your system can help extend the lifespan of your unit.

Common Issues That Quickly Wear Down an Air Conditioner

Certain issues can cause excessive strain on your AC, leading to premature wear and reduced efficiency. Understanding these common problems can help you address them to ensure the longevity of your cooling system.

  • Incorrect system size: One major factor contributing to an overworked AC is improper sizing during installation. If your AC is too small for the space it needs to cool, it will struggle to maintain the desired temperature, resulting in increased energy consumption and wear on components. An oversized AC may frequently cycle on and off, causing unnecessary wear and tear.
  • Leaking ductwork: Leaky ductwork can lead to cooled air escaping before it reaches its destination. This forces the air conditioner to work harder to compensate for the lost cooling, decreasing its overall efficiency.
  • Poor home insulation: Inadequate insulation can contribute to heat gain, forcing your AC to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Well-insulated homes help retain cool air, reducing the strain on your system.
  • Refrigerant leaks: When there’s a refrigerant leak, the system has to work harder to achieve the desired temperature. If you notice a decline in cooling performance or hissing sounds near the unit, it may indicate a refrigerant leak.
  • Dirty or clogged filters: Over time, air filters in your AC accumulate dirt and debris, restricting airflow. A clogged filter forces the system to work harder to push air through, increasing energy consumption.

How To Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

Keeping your AC in optimal shape can be a struggle in Phoenix due to our high temperatures and dusty air. A few steps can be taken to keep your system running well and potentially add years to its lifespan:

  • Regular cleaning: Keep the area around the outside unit clean and clear of debris. This ensures proper airflow and prevents strain on the system.
  • Clean the coils: Dust and debris can accumulate on the coils, reducing efficiency. Regular cleaning of the coils promotes optimal cooling performance.
  • Change the air filter: A clean air filter enhances airflow and prevents the system from working harder than necessary. Aim to change the filter every few months.
  • Programmable thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature efficiently and reduce unnecessary strain on the system.
  • Professional maintenance: Schedule regular professional maintenance to detect and address issues before they become major problems.

With the right care, you can save a lot of money and stress down the road.

Join a Maintenance Plan

The best thing you can do for your air conditioner is join a maintenance program. These programs provide detailed system maintenance and the ability to catch and resolve minor problems before they become major issues.

Champion Air offers an HVAC maintenance plan designed for Arizona homes and their unique needs. Our plan provides:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • High-grade products
  • Two annual system tune-ups
  • 20% off labor and replacement parts
  • 10% off new unit purchases
  • Lifetime parts warranties
  • And more

Professional HVAC maintenance can make a big difference for your heating and cooling system. Treat your AC right and enjoy comfortable temperatures on the hottest days of the year.

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Schedule Maintenance With Champion Air

Since 1982, Champion Air has been caring for HVAC systems in the Phoenix area. Our licensed and insured technicians know how to identify problems and fix them fast. With proper HVAC maintenance, you can enjoy a comfortable climate in your home all year.

Look to us for special discountsfinancing options, free estimates, emergency care, and expert service.

Call 480-748-4000 today to schedule HVAC maintenance in Phoenix.

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