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Air conditioner FAQs

At American Home Heating & Air Conditioning we take pride in the outstanding service we’ve provided our customers since 1962. To help you keep your air conditioner in Avondale running as long as possible, here are answers to some of the questions we’re most frequently asked.

How often does an air conditioner need to be replaced?

Regular maintenance is the key to avoiding costly replacement, and if properly maintained, most modern air conditioners should last 10 to 15 years. Also keep in mind that newer systems designed to minimize work load while providing energy-efficient cooling can last even longer. Properly maintained, newer units can be expected to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years.

What‘s a tune-up?

A tune-up is having an HVAC professional check the key components of your system to make the adjustments or repairs needed to keep your system operating efficiently.

You should get a tune-up twice a year, at the beginning of the heating season and again at the beginning of the cooling season to make sure your system is working properly.

How often should I change the filters?

With newer units, those with filters inserted into the furnace, change the filter twice yearly, at the beginning of the heating season and again at the beginning of the cooling season. With older units, it’s probably a good idea to change the filter every month during times of high usage.

When your filters are clogged, your system works harder and uses more energy. If filters are left unchanged for too long, your system could fail.

Does a programmable thermostat really save money?

Yes. Programmable thermostats are designed to auto-adjust the temperature throughout the day, saving you 15 to 25% on cooling costs.

Do I need repair or replacement?

Having AC problems does not necessarily mean the unit must be replaced, but some issues are more severe than others. One common sign of difficulty is an increase in energy use, or your AC may not be cooling all the rooms in your house evenly.

Generally, if your unit is less than 5 years old, most problems can be handled with maintenance and repair. If older than 10 years, you might consider replacement with a newer and far more efficient AC unit.

Whatever you need for your air conditioner in Avondale, repair or replacement, American Home Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to call.