The short answer to this question is that the expected lifespan of any given air conditioner is about 10-15 years, with most AC manufacturer warranties covering repairs and replacement for 10 years.
There are a lot of factors that impact this lifespan though. For instance, the type of air conditioner you have matters. The most common types of air conditioners in Georgia homes are the central AC system, the ductless mini-split, and the heat pump system. Ductless systems tend to last a little longer as a whole system because you can replace each air handler as they fail without replacing the whole entire system. Standard heat pumps and central AC systems though stick pretty firmly to that average lifespan.
“What about my furnace?”
The same rules apply, although an electric furnace may last a little bit longer–about 20 years.
There is one service in particular that you can invest in that makes it possible for these systems to reach their intended lifespan and not quit on you before then—maintenance!
The Power of Professional Maintenance
Our team is a big believer in regular maintenance inspections and tune-ups for air conditioning systems, no matter what kind you might have. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, adjust and repair your air conditioner as needed. We’ll alert you to any repairs you should get on your schedule soon, so that you can get them managed before the system completely breaks down on you.
While no air conditioner will last forever, you’re a lot more likely to reach that 10-15 year mark with this service.
How Can You Maximize the Lifespan of Your AC System in Georgia?
- The inspection portion of your maintenance appointment allows us to examine the air conditioner’s components to find out where any trouble might be starting from. This way, you can schedule time for our technicians to repair the problem before it grows into a bitter problem.
- Our professionals thoroughly clean your air conditioning system in order to remove the grime and dirt that puts additional friction on moving parts and causes it to age more quickly. An inefficiently operating and ill-maintained air conditioner doesn’t have much chance of lasting more than 7-8 years, let alone 10-15.
- The motors responsible for powering the compressor and the fans of your air conditioner can suffer the most strain over the years, and maintenance professionals keep these components lubricated so that they last as long as possible.
- One of the things our technicians check for during maintenance is the refrigerant. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak, and this can have a detrimental impact on the efficiency and efficacy of your air conditioner. In fact, if you let it go on long enough, it can break down the compressor. Once the compressor fails, you may as well just plan on replacing your air conditioner altogether.
If you have any questions about your specific air conditioner, or you’re wondering what type of air conditioner will best suit your needs now and in the future, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re happy to help!