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How Long Should an AC Last Here?

This is a really good question, and one that a lot of our customers seem to ask us. It’s true—you can expect an air conditioner to last a different amount of time down here in Arkansas than in New Hampshire or Maine. We simply use them a lot more, and our summers are pretty brutal with humidity, so they’re running for about a month or two longer than other systems up north.

So, how much should you be willing to compromise the longevity of your system because of the climate you live in? Well, that’s where things get complicated. As long as you invest in yearly maintenance and call for AC repair in Pine Bluff, AR when it’s needed, your AC might last as long as a system that’s used less.

However, if you run your system through every boiling hot summer we get, but it isn’t maintained or repaired properly, then it might last half as long as it should.

Three Tips for Better AC Longevity

Before we can evaluate how long an air conditioner is going to last in our climate, we need to talk about the three most important factors that weigh on the lifespan of a system. If you invest in all of these factors, you’re much more likely to see a 10–15 year lifespan in your air conditioner than if you went without them.

Routine Maintenance

Yearly maintenance does so much for the longevity and efficiency of your air conditioner. Not only can our professional technicians replace certain components that might be breaking down due to wear and tear, but we can also make minor adjustments to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

This service is practically designed to keep your system running as long as possible. With such high prices due to supply chain issues, maintenance is one of the best services you can invest in currently. Keep your system running in peak condition with the help of routine maintenance.

Prompt AC Repairs

When something goes wrong with your AC (as is practically inevitable with an air conditioner), it’s important to invest in repairs quickly. The faster you can get your system fixed and back to good condition, the more likely you’ll see a longer system lifespan.

Remember, you can always shut your system off and call for support. If you keep running your malfunctioning air conditioner, it’s more likely that you cause additional problems in the process.

Best Practices

You can even add years to your system’s lifespan by changing the filter on a regular basis and cleaning around the system. Ensuring that your AC has enough airflow in and out of the system is a great way to stop it from ever overheating and working too hard. Best practices like these can remove stress from the system and keep things in good shape.

The Verdict

In our area, an air conditioner should still be able to last between 10–15 years with full service. However, any time you compromise on maintenance, repairs, or even taking care of the system, you might shave years off of that number. It’s important to evaluate these points every few years to see how your air conditioner stands in the fact of our scorching hot summers.

For help, call Nicholson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal!

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