How Long Do AC Units Last?

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A typical air conditioning unit can last anywhere from 10-12 years. What makes an AC system last longer?  The answer is, it depends on the owner. AC Systems, if maintained well, can last a long time. If they are neglected, you could take years off its life expectancy. So how long do ac units last? The answer to that question is up to you, but here are a few tips to extend the life of your AC.

Give Your AC A Break From Time to Time

The more miles you put on a car, the shorter the shelf life. The same goes for your AC system. Constantly running your system can wear your air conditioner down. If you plan on leaving your home for a while, try adjusting your thermostat to a higher temperature. At night too, you’ll want to raise the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees. Making these minor adjustments can take a huge load off your air conditioner.

Air conditioners, like cars and computers, need regular maintenance to ensure they work properly and efficiently. Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning recommends 2 tune-ups per year as part of their planned maintenance package.

Set Your Thermostat to Auto

In keeping with the “give your AC a break” theme, check your thermostat to see if the fan is set to “On”. If so, that means that your AC fan is running all hours of the day. Change the setting to “Auto.” The “Auto” setting allows your thermostat to take the room’s temperature and only turn the fan on to blow cool air when the thermostat reads that the room is warmer than the desired temperature. This setting takes a huge load off your AC unit.

Keep Outdoor Unit Clean and Clear of Debris

Be sure to keep the area around your outdoor condenser unit clean and clear of debris. Overgrown landscape can obstruct airflow to the unit, causing your air conditioning system to work less efficiently and could lead to costly repairs. Make sure that grass shavings and any loose materials from storms are cleared from the area.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can save 10% on your electric bill each year by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for at least 8 hours a day. Programmable, or Smart, thermostats allow you to keep track of your home’s temperature while you’re away from the house, set heating and cooling schedules that optimize your energy consumption, and provide a convenient way to manage your AC system. Smart thermostats reduce unnecessary wear and tear on your system, prolonging its life.

Keep up with Planned Maintenances

Air conditioners, like cars and computers, need regular maintenance to ensure they work properly and efficiently. Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning recommends 2 tune-ups per year as part of their planned maintenance package, Scott’s Club. Also, be sure to change out your air filters regularly. Dirty air filters reduce efficiency and cause strain on your AC unit.

Additional Benefits of Scott’s Club

When you choose to have an Annual Residential Maintenance Agreement with Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Priority scheduling for any emergency calls
  • 15% discount on defective parts that are discovered during your routine maintenance or service calls
  • $500 off system replacement and priority scheduling for system installations

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Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning is a full-service heating and air conditioning company in Central Florida.  Whether you need repair, maintenance or installation of a new heating or cooling system, we provide efficient, cost-effective and professional service. When it’s hot, call Scott!

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  • 5 star review  We had a great experience With this company, starting off with our sales person Daniel, extending to the entire installation crew. I’m sorry that I don’t remember all the names of the technicians who installed our units, but each and every one of them was very courteous, professional, and informative. They did not leave the house until the job is done right, and I did take a long time because we do have an older house. They started the job at about 8:30 in the morning and finished at 10 PM. They cleaned up everything and made sure that there was a full explanation as to how to use the thermostat units and the app so that we could control all of the AC units from our cell phones. They also made sure to follow up after the installation to make sure that we were satisfied with the job. I would certainly recommend Scott’s for AC installation.

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  • 5 star review  Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning = Professional. They did an awesome job with my system change. The photos are of finished product and old product. A drastic difference! They were on time and knowledgeable. They made sure the job was done to my satisfaction. I highly recommend them!

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  • 5 star review  CLIFF WAS AWESOME!!! After our AC unit wasnt cooling like it used CLIFF came to my home and did a phenomenal job. He was very professional and knowledgable. I work in the service field as well and noticed how clean and organized he kept his tools and material/parts he was removing and replacing. Parts were cleaned to the best of his ability due to it being a 21 year old unit. He did a fantastic job. Would definitely recommend SCOTTS to my neighborhood and google members. Now my house cools off in no time. Thanks again CLIFF and of course the SCOTTS TEAM.

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  • 5 star review  Very customer driven company. Sherrie was great when I called that evening for repair. Bill (technician) called and gave me an estimated time. He had the problem diagnosed and fixed within 30 minutes. Great guy - knowledgeable and friendly. Good company.

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