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Whole-home air conditioning systems are a financial investment, so it’s important to install one that will provide comfort for years to come. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of an AC, but generally, you can expect an air conditioner to last between 12 and 15 years. Some Higher end models can last up to 25 years with maintenance and care. Proper maintenance and a quality installation can extend the life of your air conditioner—while neglect can significantly shorten its ability to keep the home cool and comfortable.


An air conditioner is a mechanical system that needs routine maintenance. Just like a car needs oil changes, a cooling system requires yearly tune-ups. A licensed AC technician can clean and inspect components as well as make small adjustments to increase efficiency and comfort. In addition, annual maintenance allows a service technician to spot problems early—before they turn into expensive repairs.

Another factor that affects how long an air conditioner lasts is the quality of installation. Installing a properly sized system, using the correct amount of refrigerant and ensuring there is enough clearance around the condenser can all affect performance and how long an air conditioner lasts. That’s why it’s extremely important to use a reputable cooling company when upgrading your AC system.

If your air conditioner was installed in the early 2000s, you’re likely going to need an upgrade in the near future. Instead of waiting for your AC to break down, schedule replacement so that you stay cool and comfortable all summer long!

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Article by Justin Meagher


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