According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical lifespan of an air conditioning unit is approximately 15 to 20 years. Of course, a number of factors are involved, including usage, preventative maintenance, and quality repairs.
The top 4 maintenance items:
- Changing filter regularly (every 1-3 months)
- Getting regular tune-ups/maintenance
- Removing debris (i.e., leaves, dirt) from the casing of the outside unit
- Replacing refrigerant as necessary
Depending upon how many of these items you perform (and how often) impacts the lifespan of your AC unit. With no maintenance at all, lifespan will be on the lower end of the range – maybe 15-18 years (if you’re lucky). Performing 2 or 3 items regularly, lifespan will be on the higher end of the range – maybe 18 to 20 years. And if you are very diligent about all 4 maintenance items, you could potentially increase your unit’s lifespan to somewhere between 20 and 25 years.
Additionally, don’t forget that you get what you pay for. A high-quality AC unit will generally last longer compared to a sub-standard unit. If you find yourself spending on repairs year after year, it might be time to start thinking about a new unit. If your unit is more than 12 years old, the technology that created it is becoming (or has become) outdated. After a decade, more modern and more efficient equipment is available and can result in substantial annual savings.
If you think your AC unit may be nearing the end of its lifespan, give Goettl’s a call. One of our expert Comfort Consultants will explain your options. Ideally, you’ll want to call before the weather heats up. A new AC unit could be a week to 10 days away. Or if your unit began having problems during the last summer season, fall is a good time to call – before emergency heating service calls kick in.
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