Aug 1, 2023 | AC, Age, Air Conditioner, Air Conditioner System, Brand, Condenser, Lifespan, Manufacture Date, Model, Nameplate, Online, Outdoor Unit, Serial Number

Understanding your HVAC unit’s age and condition is paramount for responsible homeowners to ensure optimal performance and proper maintenance. But why is it so important to know the age of your AC? Well, being aware of your air conditioner’s age can shield you from unexpected surprises, especially if it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. Typically, a well-maintained air conditioner will last between 15 to 20 years. Therefore, knowing your unit’s age will empower you to prepare for potential breakdowns and avoid being caught off guard down the road. 

At Mason Heating & Air, we’ve simplified the process of determining your air conditioner’s age with the following steps: 

Step One: Try Locating the Manufacture Date on the Condenser Unit 

To identify your AC’s age, you’ll want to find the manufacture date of your AC unit, which is ultimately the same thing as the age of your air conditioner. So, first, make your way outside and locate your outdoor unit, known as the condenser. If you don’t know what this is, it’s the large metal box usually situated in the backyard or sometimes on the side of the 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, don’t worry; proceed to step number two. 

Step Two: Try Finding the Manufacture Date Online Instead 

If you still haven’t located the manufacture date yet, no worries. You can utilize your detective skills by simply jotting down the model, brand, and serial number from the nameplate. You can also take a picture from 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 in the phrase “manufacture date” at the end of it 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 Having Issues Finding the Age of Your AC? 

In the rare event that you encounter 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 HVAC-related questions, feel free to reach out to us! Our team is always ready and eager to help! Call Mason Heating & Air today at (513) 496-2477, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here