Why Do I Need Annual AC Maintenance?
Annual AC maintenance is performed to ensure that your system is running at its top efficiency. Even if you just bought a new system, after spending all that money, don’t you want it to last as long as possible, while running at its top efficiency? No matter the age or the make, it’s very important to have your AC system checked annually. Our technician will clean several parts, and check the overall operation of the system. If they find anything wrong, they can notify you and possibly prevent a major repair. You wouldn’t buy a brand new car and never change the oil, so why buy a brand new AC system and never have it maintained. Not only will it help to save money on your energy bill, but will help to prolong the lifespan of your system.
What is the Life Span of a New AC System?
The lifespan of a new air conditioning system depends on many different factors. AC systems lifespans range greatly, but a safe approximation is about 10-15 years, depending on the following factors. The year your system was made affects the longevity of your system. Newer systems are built more energy efficient then ones manufactured 10 years ago. Newer systems are built so they don’t have to work as hard, making them typically last longer. The brand and model also affect the lifespan of a system, some systems are built more durable to last longer. Here at O’Brien we offer Trane, Mitsubishi, and Waterfurnace, and we stand behind and believe that these are the best products available. Your location is a factor of the lifespan of your AC system. Some parts of the country you might not have to run your AC system as much as others. For example, you can assume that someone living in Florida will use their AC system more months of the year than someone in New Hampshire. Another reason your location will factor in on the lifespan of your system, is different environmental conditions. An example is, if you live in a coastal region like Wrightsville Beach, or any other beach town in the area, your outdoor unit is going to endure extreme natural conditions from the salty air. For all of these reasons, it is difficult to determine the lifespan of a system, which is why some systems last much longer than the average, and others don’t quite reach it.
Will a Ductless System Work for My Home?
For some homes a ductless system is a great option. A ductless system does not need any ductwork to heat or cool your home. If your home does not have ductwork, then a ductless system will be a great choice for your home. Another situation where a ductless system is a smart option is if an addition is built on your home and that one room needs a cooling system added. One of the benefits of a ductless system is you can individually change the temperature of one room without effecting the whole home. There are many options when it comes to choosing a ductless system, and we’re here to answer any questions you may have. For further information on ductless systems you can contact our office at (910) 799-6611
When Should I Replace My Old AC System?
Here at O’Brien Service Company we have a few clues for you to take into account when considering replacing your current AC system. The first is your current AC system’s age. If your AC system is over 10 years old, your system is considered outdated. Even if your system is running great, newer systems are now made more energy efficiently. That being said, the next clue to look for is high energy bills. As mentioned before, older systems are not as efficient as new systems, meaning that your older system could be costing you more money on your bills. If your current system is constantly needing repairs, that is the final clue. It is not recommended to continuously put money into repairs on an older system, instead invest that money towards a newer, more energy efficient one. If you think it is time to replace your old AC system, give O’Brien a call and we will help you through the installation process.