While many factors play a role in what the underlying lifespan to an air conditioner is, in most cases, it is about 12 to 15 years. Types of central air conditioners can play a role in that lifespan, as can how well you take care of it and have it maintained. The air conditioner is much more than just the outdoor unit, though. It also includes the interior motors, the air ducts, and a great deal of wiring. It is all of these factors that play a role in what you can expect in terms of its lifespan.
It is also important to consider the value of upgrading an air conditioner to a more modern unit. For example, wall units, which have a lifespan of between five and 10 years, are generally far less efficient than central air conditioners. Additionally, air conditioners installed more than 10 years ago are significantly less efficient than newer models available on the market today. The EPA says air conditioners that are 10 years old today could see an upgrade that saves the homeowner as much as 40 percent over other costs. Upgrading to take advantage of one of these benefits can save you money in the long term.
Of course, proper maintenance plays a role in how long the air conditioner will last. Annual maintenance by a licensed HVAC team is a critical step in ensuring that the air conditioner lasts its full lifespan as well. Some models may even last twice as long when properly maintained. Contact Climate Control today and see how a maintenance plan can extend the life of your AC unit.Back to Posts