Furnace and central air conditioner life spans are reportedly about 15-20 years, but a lot depends on how often they’re used and if the units are well maintained. “Air conditioning units, because they are outdoors and subject to the extremes of the weather, typically have a shorter life expectancy of 15 years. My definition of ‘end of life’ for any appliance is when the unit has been in operation for more than two-thirds of its expected life and needs repairs that exceed 25 percent of the full replacement cost,” said Tom Beaulieu in an ACHR News article.

It’s safe to say air conditioning units here in North Houston get a complete workout and may have a shorter life expectancy than those in other areas of the country.

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In coastal areas, 8-14 years is not an unusual lifespan for an HVAC system.

Air Conditioner Life Span

Understanding the HVAC Life CycleIn addition to maintenance, another deal-breaker for home A/C life span is if the unit is not the right size for your house. “Oversized air conditioners ‘short-cycle,’ turning on and off rapidly,” says HomeGuides.com.

The excessive wear and tear on a compressor that’s no longer under warranty leads to HVAC failure sooner, rather than later.

You can schedule a free inspection to determine if your HVAC unit needs repair, replacement or an upgrade. The good news is, if your system receives regular maintenance, you’re getting maximum energy efficiency, clean air delivery, and saving money on heating and cooling bills every month. Simply put, regular HVAC maintenance pays off in life span years.

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Homeowners and business property owners trust Bradbury Brothers Heating & Cooling to deliver the best service available at the best price while never compromising on quality. Our HVAC professionals live in The Woodlands, Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, Spring, Tomball and surrounding North Houston areas.

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