Dayco Systems Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Company’

What Causes an Air Conditioner to Ice Up?

Monday, August 30th, 2021

When you live somewhere with as warm and humid as a climate as ours, it’s hard to imagine ever seeing ice anywhere, let alone developing on your air conditioner. Although perhaps you’re one of those people who think that ice is involved in the cooling process. After all, how else does chilled air make its way into your home, if ice isn’t involved?

Well, through refrigerant. You see, refrigerant is a substance that makes the whole cooling process possible. It cycles between liquid and gas form in order to remove heat from your home, and to return cooled air. This is oversimplifying it a bit, but the point is, refrigerant is what makes your air conditioner actually cool the air, not ice.

So what causes an air conditioner to ice up? We’ll elaborate below, but essentially, air conditioners ice up when the refrigerant inside gets too cold due to an external problem with the system. Read on to learn more!

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How Long Do AC Units Last in Georgia?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

The short answer to this question is that the expected lifespan of any given air conditioner is about 10-15 years, with most AC manufacturer warranties covering repairs and replacement for 10 years.

There are a lot of factors that impact this lifespan though. For instance, the type of air conditioner you have matters. The most common types of air conditioners in Georgia homes are the central AC system, the ductless mini-split, and the heat pump system. Ductless systems tend to last a little longer as a whole system because you can replace each air handler as they fail without replacing the whole entire system. Standard heat pumps and central AC systems though stick pretty firmly to that average lifespan.

“What about my furnace?”

The same rules apply, although an electric furnace may last a little bit longer–about 20 years.

There is one service in particular that you can invest in that makes it possible for these systems to reach their intended lifespan and not quit on you before then—maintenance!

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