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How Long do AC Units Last in Los Angeles?

Though the lifespan of a home air conditioner depends on many factors, those that are well-maintained should last 10-15 years. By Completing regular checkups and repairs, both big and small, many systems can last even longer. Warranties provide peace of mind, and most manufacturers carry a standard, 10-year parts limited warranty for air conditioners, so you can rest easy knowing your equipment is covered for an extended period of time. When your system is about 15 years old, it’s a good idea to start looking at new equipment to be prepared when it comes time to replace it. It’s likely the technology has changed significantly since the installation of the system.

A modern smart home thermostat alone saves the homeowner around $100 a year vs a normal thermostat. That’s not taking into the perspective of a facet of other upgrades offered through the ages. You’ll want to learn the most modern, energy-efficient options out there and get an idea of cost.

WHAT AFFECTS HOW LONG AN AIR CONDITIONER LASTS? 

  • Size. It’s important to have an appropriately sized system for your home. 

  • Shorter cycles create more wear and tear on the parts of an air conditioner, so if the system is larger than necessary, fluctuates between on and off too quickly. 

  • Air conditioners that are too small for the space may stay on too long and not cool your home fully, which can also add wear and tear on parts. 

  • Installation 

  • Poorly designed, sized, or sealed ductwork impacting airflow, affects the cycles of the central air system and as such its capacity for cooling your home. 

  • Lack of routine maintenance* – this is paramount in maintaining all central systems, there is a multitude of studies that prove this fact. 

  • Outdoor units exposed to severe elements, such as hail, salty air, dust, sand, or other airborne corrosives. 

  • Use of improper coil cleaning agents 

  • Thermostat set too high or too low—the optimal range is between 62 °F and 78 °F 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF IT’S TIME TO REPLACE MY AIR CONDITIONER?

  • Multiple and frequent service calls

  • Expensive repair bills

  • Uneven temperatures

  • Inability to stay at the thermostat’s temperature setting

  • New or increased noises

  • Increase in energy bills

  • Excessive humidity inside your home

  • Desire to be more energy efficient

If you have any questions give the Experts a call at SoCal Climate Control. (833) 202-0763

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In the 5 years that I have lived in my SF valley home, I have had my AC and furnace die on me. Mike and his team gave me a great deal on new HVAC system, and 2 years later the furnace. I work in the construction industry, and confirmed quality installation and equipment. They paid attention to the little things too, which carries over in my experience. SoCal did maintenance, and the technician Dave recommended improving the duct intakes and filter system. Cannot wait for my home to be colder than a polar bear’s toenails this summer.

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So Cal Climate Control was Home Adviser’s first choice, so I called and talked to dispatch. I had a technician ( Chris) at my door within 2 hours.
He was professional, courteous and their price was reasonable.

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Great people. A year ago they replaced my duct work so called them when I needed a new furnace. Prompt, quick turn around and very professional. I totally recommend this company!! On the same day, they installed a tankless water heater. These peeps are amazing!

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