Clearly, this is too vast of a topic to list every single thing that can go wrong in such a complicated piece of machinery as an air conditioner. It would take too much time and result in an article that is too long and too tedious to read. However, we can clump these into four main ways and reasons an air conditioner can fail.
The Four Ways AC Breakdown
- Lack of Maintenance: The vast majority of air conditioner break downs come from a lack of maintenance. This is very similar to the old age result, except it happens much sooner. Air conditioning parts will wear down and fail, but regular maintenance will identify and notice these potential breakdowns before they happen.
- Improper Use: It is possible to misuse an air conditioner. It can be used too often and result in freezing, or it can be used when it is too cold outside and cause damage to internal components. If you use an over or undersized unit in your home it will break down far sooner than it should.
- Physical Damage: Clogged with leaves or banged up with lawn mowers, air conditioners can be beaten up and broken like every other machine. By staying vigilant and making sure the system is protected will keep it operating for years to come.
- Old Age: Air conditioners are machines, and like all machines have some degree of a life span. This lifespan can be increased through proper care or repairs, but ultimately, the machine cannot live forever because of economics. Air conditioners should live a good 15 to 25 years, but towards the end of that time, so many moving parts will be worn down that replacement will be cheaper than repair. Like a car, air conditioners can become “totaled” eventually.
The moral of the story is that air conditioners are fragile devices that must be cared for. If the ac owner schedules regular maintenance checks, uses the machine properly, and protects it from the dangers of the world, it will live a long healthy life, but ultimately it will reach its end and must be replaced. The first step to protecting your ac is to schedule a maintenance check and assess the status of your current system. Next, check back to these blogs every so often and learn the tips and tricks to owning a cooling system. When the time comes to replace your system with a new high efficiency air conditioner, then Four Seasons can supply and install the HVAC system. Give us a call!