A new HVAC system is an important investment for homeowners, and many people want to know how far their money will go when they purchase a unit. That’s why today we’re going to answer the commonly asked question, “What is the average central air conditioner life expectancy for St. Louis area homes?”

Central air conditioner life expectancy

Generally speaking, you can expect an air conditioner in the St. Louis area to last about 15 years. However, several factors can affect the actual lifespan of your unit. Some air conditioners won’t even make it to 15 years, while others can last a handful of years longer.

What affects the life expectancy of an air conditioner?

There are all kinds of things that can affect the lifespan of your air conditioner, including:

  • The type of equipment. Different types of air conditioners are built to last longer than others. If you have a two-stage air conditioner, for example, it will likely last longer because it will experience less on-and-off cycling.
  • Quality of installation. Your cooling system must be properly installed for it to maximize its lifespan. Improper installation can lead to frequent breakdowns and repairs.
  • How often it’s used. If your air conditioner has to battle a series of exceptionally hot summers, it can take a toll on its lifespan due to accelerated wear and tear. Also, if your unit is sized incorrectly or improperly maintained, it will have to work harder and longer than normal and can lose years off its expected life.
  • How well it’s maintained. Improper maintenance is one of the biggest threats to your unit’s lifespan. By getting annual maintenance and performing tasks like changing your air filter and taking care of your condenser unit, you can add years to the life of your unit.

If you have any questions about central air conditioner life expectancy, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.

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