The Life Span of Your A/C Relies on These 3 Factors

August 22, 2014
Ross and Witmer

Your air conditioner is one of the most important appliances in your home and also one of the most overlooked. We enjoy the comforting coolness it provides during the sweltering Southeastern summers and, until there’s a problem, we hardly remember our air conditioner is there. However, it’s important that you take time to recognize symptoms of an issue before it becomes an even greater problem. Consider monitoring for these three warning signs in order to lengthen your A/C life span.

High Electric Bills

We all know power bills increase during the hottest and coldest months of the year. That’s just business 101: basic supply and demand. However, if you’ve noticed your power bills are even more outrageous than usual, this could be indicative of a larger issue. Over your A/C life span, the unit becomes less efficient, especially without proper servicing by a certified heating and cooling technician. If you notice higher bills than normal, schedule a service appointment for an A/C tuneup.

High Humidity

Let’s face it: North Carolina during the dead of summer isn’t exactly an arid desert. However, while it may feel like a jungle on a July afternoon outside, it shouldn’t feel like a sauna inside. Issues such as leaky ductwork or a unit that’s not properly sized for your home can contribute to indoor humidity. If you notice your home feeling particularly steamy, it’s worth an A/C inspection.

Age of System

Just like you, your heating and cooling system needs regular checkups to continue running smoothly. By scheduling annual inspections, you can ensure your unit is at its most efficient and detect problems before them become even costlier. If your unit is more than a decade, however, it probably time to consider replacing the A/C with a newer, more energy efficient model.

By keeping an eye on these three items, you can help increase your A/C life span and avoid common problems. Also, be sure to schedule routine checkups with Ross and Witmer to keep your home comfortable all year.

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