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How Long Can I Expect My Air Conditioner to Last?

Posted on 06.17.2024 in

Unlocking the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioner: A Guide to AC Longevity

Whether you’ve recently purchased a new air conditioning system, or have one that’s several years old, an important question you may be asking is, “How long do AC units last?” Truthfully, there are many impacting factors involved when it comes to determining a cooling system’s longevity. Our experts have put together some influencing factors to AC life cycle length.

How Long Can I Expect My Air Conditioner to Last?

Determinants of AC Longevity

Here is a list of factors to consider when it comes to estimating the life cycle of your AC system:

Climate: Because we live in the Houston area, our air conditioning systems are going to get used regularly and for many months. We are considered the most air conditioned city in the United State and for good reason. Your Houston-based AC system won’t last as long as a unit in northern cities where the summers are more temperate and shorter than ours. 

Quality of the Equipment: High quality and modern AC equipment is manufactured to be as efficient and long lasting as possible. Advances in technology to meet SEER2 specifications and the use of new types of refrigerant that are non-ozone depleting all help create a more efficient system. You may be surprised to learn that today’s air conditioners use anywhere between 30 and 50 percent less energy than those manufactured in the 1970s. 

Quality of the Installation: A poorly designed and installed AC system will have problems regularly because of power issues, ventilation issues, capacity taxing, and poor placement of both the indoor and outdoor units. 

Quality of Your Home Insulation: Your home’s ability to deflect heat and keep cool air inside is going to determine how hard your AC system has to work to keep you comfortable. 

What Can I Do to Increase the Lifespan of My Cooling System?

You can make sure your AC unit lasts longer and withstands the test of time by taking some of these measures:

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