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What is the Life Expectancy of a Central Air Conditioner

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How long will a quality air conditioner last? How about a cheap one? We’ll walk you through the average life cycle of an air conditioner and what you can expect.

If you’re wondering how long air conditioners last, central air conditioner life expectancy varies greatly by brand. A cheap air conditioner might last six years or so, while a quality air conditioner can last up to 15 years. With proper maintenance, you can get 20 or more years out of a quality air conditioner.

Maintenance is necessary at all stages of your air conditioner’s life span to keep it running efficiently and ensure it lasts as long as possible. However, your air conditioner’s maintenance needs and performance will change over time. Here’s what you can expect when you choose a quality air conditioner.

Early Life of an Air Conditioner

The first five years of your air conditioner’s life are relatively easy for your technician. They pop in, change the filter, clean your air conditioner, and make sure it’s still working perfectly.

At this point, any problems your air conditioner develops are mostly due to a defect or improper installation. Both are rare when you choose a quality manufacturer and installer. If they do occur, they should be covered.

If you don’t maintain your air conditioner, this stage will end early. If you don’t resolve the first few bumps in the road that your air conditioner experiences, they may go unchecked for years and ruin its life expectancy.

Middle-Aged Air Conditioners

Five to twelve years into your air conditioner’s life, it may begin to need infrequent repairs. A poor-quality air conditioner will break down early, perhaps at the five-year mark, while a quality air conditioner is still operating like new.

If you purchased a ClimateCare air conditioner through our Clarity program, it will still be under a parts and labor warranty up until the twelve-year mark. This will significantly reduce the costs of any repairs your air conditioner may need.

Again, catching air conditioner repairs early will help this stage last as long as possible.

Later Years of an Air Conditioner

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Twelve years on, your air conditioner is now like a fifty-year-old man. If he’s kept himself in good shape, it’ll show and he will have many more years ahead of him.

Still, an older air conditioner will need repairs at some point. Each time yours does, your HVAC technician will do some calculations on whether repair or replacement is going to be more cost-effective for you. It will depend on what is wrong with the air conditioner and how heavily you use it.

Ultimately, you will have more than doubled the average air conditioner life expectancy if your air conditioner makes it to this point, which is significant cost savings for you.

In the market for a new air conditioner? Choose an Anchor Home Comfort central air conditioner with a life expectancy that can’t be beat. Reach out to us at Anchor Home Comfort to get started.