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What is the Life Expectancy of my Air Conditioning Unit?

What is the Life Expectancy of my Air Conditioning Unit?

Posted by
Ed Miller on Tue, Mar 12, 2013



Whether you have just had an air conditioning installation from your Jacksonville, FL contractor or you are getting some repairs on your existing heating or cooling units, you probably want to understand the expected lifespan on this costly equipment.

This is not something that can be answered easily because there are so many factors to consider. For example:

• What brand was installed? Some firms are known for making remarkably durable units, such as Trane AC, and some are not. The quality of the brand has a lot to do with anticipated life expectancies.

• How well was the machine maintained? Even a new unit, if treated badly by an owner, will fail faster than anticipated. For instance, if a machine is run constantly, installed in a way that is not ideal, and covered with debris that blocks air flow or clogs filters, it may fail a lot earlier than expected.

• Where is the unit installed? Geographic regions can also play a role in the life of a heating or cooling unit. If it is run constantly for a major part of the year it is going to sustain classic “wear and tear” that may shorten its lifespan.

• How easy is it to make repairs or to maintain? Some companies designed systems that are easy to maintain and for which replacement parts are readily available. Some manufacturers do not do this, and this can lead to problems.

With all of this in mind, however, you should not invest in any air conditioning installation that doesn’t at least promise a 15 to 20 year lifespan on the major parts. For instance, a compressor or condenser unit should last at least a full decade. Air handlers too should have a longer lifespan and should not need replacement any sooner than 15 years after installation.

Though these anticipated time frames can be greatly lengthened by regular heating air conditioning repair and upkeep, you need to work directly with your Jacksonville, FL contractor to choose the optimal installation for your home.

Understanding Needs

Though we already mentioned things such as air conditioning repair and maintenance as a major factor in the life expectancy of the unit, it also has to do with the proper choice of equipment too.

Here is what we mean: A good contractor will not just sell you the cheapest or the most expensive unit available. Instead, they will work with you to choose a system that is a good fit for your budget, for the age of the home you have (after all, the insulation may not be up to par and that can overwork the heating and cooling units), the size of the home, and the climate in which the home is located. All of these issues play a major factor in how hard the machines must work and how often they will need upkeep or repair.

Additionally, a good Jacksonville, FL air conditioning and heating company will work with you to ensure that you understand the right way to screen and shelter the units to ensure that everyone inside of the home remains comfortable and safe, and also that the unit is spared too much exposure. These are not simple matters and are best left in the hands of experts. 

You can get in touch with Snyder Heating and Air Conditioning as they are a highly experienced provider of Trane and other home heating and cooling units. They have operated in the region since 1973 and are extremely knowledgeable about the needs of their clients and how best to keep their homes comfortable and safe.




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