5 factors that affect the lifespan of your A/C unit.

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A question we are often asked is “how long should my air conditioner last?”  The answer to that question can depend on several factors so we have put together a list of the top five.  Taking these factors into consideration will help Space Coast homeowners to be as informed as possible on how to take care of the unit in their home.  Maybe even extending its life!

  1. Construction of the A/C unit

When deciding between units it is important to consider the construction each manufacturer offers.

  • Bargain base brands tend to have a wire wrap that offers little protection leaving coils fully exposed to the sun, weed whackers and kids for example.
  • Known brands models tend to have louvered wraps to deflect UV rays and wick moisture away from the coils. They also will typically have a composite base pan offering more UV protection.

Comparing A/C units wire wrap vs. louvered wrap

  1. Quality Components

Another factor influenced by the manufacturer are the components.  The components such as the condenser, fan and motor are very important and can be manufactured differently. Known brands tend to use components made by reputable manufacturers that stand by their products and typically have a longer life.

  1. Installation

A factor that is often overlooked is the installation of the unit.  It is important to consider ductwork, making sure the venting is situated effectively, and everything is sealed correctly.  [Find more information on how to correct improperly installed ductwork here.]

If an air conditioning unit is not properly installed and configured it can cause years ahead of problems for the homeowner.  With so many variables involved it is important to make sure the technician installing your unit is certified and experienced.

Showing an HVAC Installation

  1. Geographic Location

A factor unique to many homeowners here in Brevard County, who live near the water, is all of the exposure to the elements.  A condenser on the beach will not last as long as one inland.  This is because the saltwater causes more moisture and sodium chloride in the air, which can settle inside your HVAC unit and cause it to break down or not operate as efficiently.

  1. Maintenance

Don’t neglect your air conditioner.  If you do not properly maintain your unit the chances of it breaking down will rise.  Always make sure to change your filters regularly and scheduling routine maintenance with a qualified technician is a wise choice.  They will:

  • Give a visual Inspection
  • Take amp reading
  • Check the pressure of the unit
  • Rinse coils
  • Inspect duct work
  • Identify any other abnormal issues with the unit

Showing proper maintenance for your AC unit

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