What is the Average Lifespan of Air Conditioning Units?

Apr 25, 2020


A common question we receive when setting our customers up with new air conditioning systems is, “How long will my air conditioning system last?” The answer to this question depends on how you care for your air conditioning system. While the average lifespan of air conditioning units is 15-20 years, a well cared-for system can last as long as 25 years! Our team at Energy Saving Pros wants to answer all of your questions concerning the lifespan of your air conditioning system, so you can make the best possible decision for your home and family. Keep reading for more information on keeping your air conditioning system healthy so it will last for years to come.


How can I extend the lifespan of my air conditioning unit?

If you have no maintenance work done on your air conditioning system, it will generally only last around 10 years. Light maintenance will increase the lifespan to 15 to 18 years. Regular maintenance on your system will increase the lifespan to upwards of 25 years. Because your air conditioning system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your home, it pays to invest in regular maintenance. Keep reading for simple things you can do to ensure your system lasts.


1. Regular Maintenance

When was the last time you scheduled a tune-up for your air conditioning unit? It is important to have preventative maintenance work done on your system every year, preferably before summer, when you’ll be running your system regularly. Not only will scheduled professional tune-ups extend the life of your air conditioning system, this will also save you money on utility bills and costly repairs. 

2. Change The Air Filter

One of the best things you can do to keep your air conditioning system healthy is to change the air filter regularly. This is also one of the easiest things you can do, as it only takes a few minutes. Your air filter keeps dust, dirt and dander particles from blowing through your home, but the filter only works when it is clean. When air filters get dirty, this creates excess work for your air conditioner, reducing its lifespan.

3. Clear the Outdoor Unit

Keep a clearance of at least two feet surrounding your exterior air conditioning unit to ensure proper airflow. Overgrown grass, weeds, sticks, and other debris can put a strain on the system. Make sure items are not stored or leaning against the outdoor unit.

4. Keep It Energy Efficient

Use the energy efficient settings on your thermostat to reduce strain on your air conditioning unit. These settings increase the lifespan of your air conditioning system by ensuring it operates more efficiently. Not only will your air conditioner last longer, but you will save money on utilities. 


Contact us before it gets too hot! 

When it comes to increasing the lifespan of air conditioning units, you have the power! Contact Energy Saving Pros in Northern California today for more information on caring for and extending the life of your air conditioning system and conserving energy!

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