Being aware of your air conditioner’s age can shield you from unexpected surprises, especially if it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. This is because typically, well-maintained air conditioners last between 15 to 20 years – and that’s with proper maintenance. Therefore, we firmly believe that knowing your unit’s age empowers you to prepare for potential breakdowns and avoid being caught off guard down the road. Because if your air conditioner is, in fact, nearing the end of its life, you would want to know, right? That way, you can prepare and plan ahead.

So, if you don’t know exactly how old your AC is, or perhaps you have misplaced the paperwork you had for it, please keep reading these tips from Milford Heating & Cooling to decode your air conditioner’s age with the following steps: 

Have You Looked for the Manufacture Date on the Condenser? 

To identify your AC’s age, you’ll want to find the manufacture date of your AC unit, which is essentially the same thing as the age of your air conditioning unit. So, head outside first of all and locate your outdoor unit, known as the condenser. If you’re unsure of what the condenser is, it’s the large metal box usually situated in the backyard or sometimes on the side of your house.  

Once you’ve found the condenser, look for a nameplate on one of its sides containing essential information about the cooling unit. Then direct your attention to the upper right corner or the general top area of the nameplate, where the manufacture date is often labeled as MFR DATE or something similar. Wording may vary from unit to unit. If you can’t find it immediately, don’t worry; simply proceed to step number two. 

Have You Looked for the Manufacture Date Online? 

If you still haven’t located the manufacture date, that’s totally fine. You can utilize your investigative skills by simply jotting down the model, brand, and serial number from the nameplate. You can also take a picture with your phone for easy reference. Next, use your preferred online search engine to look for the manufacture date by entering these three key details in the search bar. Then add the phrase “manufacture date” at the end before hitting search. This search should yield several websites offering specific instructions on decoding the manufacture date for your particular AC model. Bravo! At this point, you should now know exactly how old your air conditioner is. 

Are You Experiencing Difficulties Finding the Age of Your Air Conditioner? 

In the rare event that you are still encountering challenges finding the date, there’s no need to worry. It happens. Rest assured; we are here for you! Simply inform us during your next HVAC maintenance appointment, and our skilled technicians will gladly assist you in identifying your unit’s age. 

Should you need any assistance or have any AC-related questions, feel free to reach out to us! Our team is always ready and eager to help! Call Milford Heating & Cooling today at (513) 655-5112, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here

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