Any heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has a limit life span. They require regular maintenance in order to see the maximum end of their lifespans, and indeed failure to properly maintain these system can even shorten their lifespan rather considerably. Most models of air conditioners only last on average 10 to 15 years, depending on the make and manufacturer. This is taking into account that it has minimal maintenance, such as changing the filters.
Now I should point out that a new air conditioner will last much longer than what I listed above, and it seems every couple of years it just gets better as far as lifespan goes. Today's new models are built to last, a true air conditioning upgrade, not only in lifespan, but also with energy efficiency. Yet the lifespan and maximum age depend on much much more than just the chronological age of the air conditioner.
One factor that can shorten any AC systems lifespan is if the air conditioner is not properly sized to the home it is meant to cool. For example a unit that does not produce enough BPU will have to work extra hard to cool down the home, running far longer and harder than it was ever meant to run. In this case it will have a lower lifespan than it would in a home meant for it's size and cooling power. Over sized air conditioners are also a problem, since they will cycle on and off far to often, and it is the process of turning on and off over and over again that will shorten its lifespan. It is the compressor that will be the first to go when you have an over sized air conditioner.
When you are faced with repairing an old central air system, you will need to ask yourself when it is time for an air conditioning upgrade versus a series of never ending repairs. You need to factor in the cost of current and future repairs, as well as current energy efficiency of your current model against the purchase price of a new central air system and AC installation costs. Your AC will reach a point where it just makes sense to opt for a new AC installation.
The Weather Changers can help to prolong the lifespan of your current AC by offering your preventive ac maintenance services and AC tune-ups, which are far cheaper than waiting until your system breaks down. If you should come to the conclusion that you need a new central air system, we offer the best rates on a new air conditioner and AC installation in Aurora CO. No matter what your air conditioning needs are, contact us today!