How long is the average life expectancy of an air conditioning system?

It is a widely-accepted premise that regular seasonal service and maintenance of your air conditioning system, will help keep your energy cost in check and extend the life expectancy of your unit. This would include things like regularly changing your filters, keeping debris cleared away from the unit, getting seasonal “tune ups”, keeping the condensation drain open and the vents clean. Incidentally, keeping your vents clean can have an impact on your family’s health.  The moisture produced by the air conditioning system can cause your vents to be a fertile breeding grown for mold and mildew.

But how long is the average life expectancy of an air conditioning system? Estimates vary, but it is reasonable to expect 15 to 20 years.  After that, the maintenance and energy cost make replacement an attractive option. Theoretically, your air conditioning system could last well beyond. However, the average US household replaces their air conditioning system every 10-15 years. With substantial increases in energy efficiency, that rate of change often makes economic sense.

Today’s best air conditioners use 30 to 50% less energy. Air conditioner efficiency is measured by Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER.  The SEER rating today will vary from 13 to 20. In older units it may be as low as 6. With an energy efficient air conditioner, you will not only be reducing your energy cost, but you will also reduce your carbon footprint and be more eco-friendly. An inefficient or poorly maintained air conditioning system will not only cost you money, it drops a lot of carbon and sulphur dioxide into the environment.

In addition to age and increase in your energy bill, keep an eye out for too many costly repairs, a system continuously running, strange sounds (especially from the venting), or a rise I dust or humidity. Any of these might be a strong indicator that it might be time to consider replacing the old system.

According to the Department of Energy, if you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. If you do so, consult a local Chicago Lakeview heating and cooling contractor to ensure that the new compressor is properly matched to the indoor unit. However, considering recent changes in refrigerants and air conditioning designs, it might be wiser to replace the entire system.

If your air conditioner is installed correctly, or if major installation problems are found and fixed, it will perform efficiently for years with only minor routine maintenance. However, many air conditioners are not installed correctly. As an unfortunate result, modern energy-efficient air conditioners can perform almost as poorly as older inefficient models. Another important consideration is properly sizing the new unit.

This is where Lakeview Heating and Cooling comes in. With over 20 years of experience, Chicago can trust the quality of service that Lakeview provides. We will help you determine the right make and model, for you and your family, and insure it is properly sized and installed. This might also be a good time to look at your indoor air quality.

To get a free estimate, call or visit our website and fill out our easy on line contact form. One of our highly trained specialist will get back to you promptly. While you are there, be sure to check on some of our outstanding seasonal discounts. We offer many payment options, including all major credit cards and 0% interest-free financing.

Lakeview Heating and Cooling in Chicago is the company to trust for all your heating, cooling and air quality needs. We offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency service, at no extra cost. Call today! You’ll be glad you did!