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Although having your air conditioning system in Phoenix serviced annually is a great way to extend its lifespan, eventually it will break down and require replacement. It’s also a statement of fact that most home owners do not plan for this eventuality, and when it occurs, it’s often a shock to our pocket books. It is very difficult to predict what the average air conditioner lifespan in Phoenix AZ might be – there are many factors that can impact its life expectancy.
Noted below are a few of the factors that can impact the average air conditioner life expectancy in Phoenix AZ and some things you can easily do to extend the life of your AC unit.
The US Department of Energy suggests that the average lifespan of the typical central air conditioning system in the United States ranges between 13 and 15 years; assuming they are maintained and serviced annually. However, the most important thing to realize about this statistic is that it includes an average from all 50 US States and not just Arizona. In our home state, due to the extreme heat, weather conditions and other factors, the typical AC unit life expectancy can be reduced by as much as 20% in many cases. Doing the math, this means that home owners in the Phoenix valley can expect their homes AC system to eventually breakdown after 10 years from its original installation date.
There are two factors that can cause premature breakdown of any AC system, but those especially in homes surrounding the Phoenix metro area. These factors include:
Believe it or not, it’s not that difficult to keep your AC system running strong for many years; even in our harsh weather environment. Generally speaking, as long as you follow these two important tips, there is no reason why you can’t expect your homes AC system to last a few years longer than the expected 10-year lifespan.
The best way to look at cooling your home is to consider it a marathon as opposed to a sprint. Believe it or not, the most efficient way for an AC system to work is to keep the temperature set at a comfortable setting as opposed to shutting the system off while you’re not home and having it work overtime to rapidly cool your home. The United States Department of Energy suggests the following tips to keep your AC running efficiently around the clock as opposed to working hard for a short period of time.
A final helpful hint to consider is to do a quick inspection of your homes AC system. On each AC system, there should be a tag that indicates when the system was installed. If you notice that your AC system is approaching 10 years, it’s a good idea to be proactive about replacing the AC system. In fact, many home owners can save hundreds of dollars by having their AC system swapped out to a new energy efficient system during off-peak periods. By staying proactive in regards to cooling system maintenance and completing a few indoor and outdoor maintenance checks yourself you can prolong that expensive AC replacement service by a few years or more.
Contact Hays Cooling & Heating today at (602) 714-8270 or email us to learn more about extending the life of your AC unit, system tune-ups, maintenance and repair services! It Pays To Call Hays!