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How many years can we use a Window or Split AC? Here's their expiry date

How long should a Window AC or Split AC be used? What precautions should be taken if you continue to use an old AC? If you use AC, it's important to be aware of these considerations.

Written By: Om Gupta New Delhi Published on: June 17, 2024 15:16 IST
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Many incidents of fire and explosions involving Windows or Split AC units have surfaced in recent days. Due to the rising temperatures, it has become necessary to install AC units in homes and offices. There is an intense heat wave in North India, with temperatures ranging between 45-50 degrees Celsius. As a result, people are purchasing new AC units and servicing their old ones to seek relief from the heat.

If you are considering buying a new AC, you may be wondering about the expected lifespan of an AC unit. Most AC incidents occur due to inadequate maintenance or short circuits. Continuing to use an old AC unit can be very dangerous.

What are Window and Split ACs?

Currently, two types of AC units are available in the market: Window and Split AC. Window AC units are installed on windows and have the cooling and air-throwing systems in the same box. Split AC units consist of indoor and outdoor components. The indoor unit is mounted on the room wall, while the outdoor unit is installed on the balcony. The outdoor unit contains a compressor and a large fan to expel hot air.

How long should you use an AC unit?

Most AC brands provide a 10-year compressor warranty. This means you can use your AC unit confidently for 10 years, but regular maintenance is necessary to address gas leakage and dirt accumulation.

Generally, you can use a window AC for 8 to 10 years and a Split AC for 10 to 15 years, depending on maintenance and the unit's condition. Failure to maintain the AC unit could significantly increase the risk of compressor failure and AC fires.

Meanwhile, When split AC units are used continuously, it puts immense pressure on the compressor. This causes the compressor to work harder and longer, leading to overheating, which can result in potential fires or explosions.

Another critical factor that contributes to AC malfunctions is the leakage of refrigerant gas, which is essential for cooling the split AC. Any leaks can disrupt the cooling of the machine and might result in serious safety hazards.

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