How Long Do AC Units Last?

A frequent question we get at A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions is “How long do AC units last?”

Home air conditioning units can last between 10-15 years with proper maintenance. That may seem like a long time, but if you purchased a home with an AC already installed, you might want to consider a tune-up and AC evaluation. Knowing when to service or replace your air conditioner can save you valuable time and money.

Today’s air conditioning equipment lasts longer than ever. With updated energy-efficient technology, an AC’s service life may last longer than the 10-15 years. Your AC’s lifespan may be reduced if its capacity is not matched up with the cooling load of your home. Oversized air conditioners tend to “short-cycle”, turning on and off rapidly, causing excessive wear on the AC’s compressor. If your compressor wears out after the warranty runs out, it’s probably time to upgrade to a new energy efficient air conditioner.

Even with proper maintenance, units that get heavy usage may not last as long as the norm. Areas with high humidity and summer temperatures can cut the lifetime of your AC in half. Most older air conditioners can only cool a house 15-18 degrees while newer units can cool a home by 20-25 degrees. A home air conditioner is more than a convenience for many families. During the hottest times of the year, it’s what keeps us comfortable. Like any machine, to get the most life out of your AC, follow up with regular maintenance.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding your air conditioner contact our A-Plus professionals at 512-450-1980!