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How Long Will My Air Conditioner Last?

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Summer in Chester County, PA, can be a scorcher, which makes having a functional air conditioner a necessity. But how long can you expect your AC unit to last? Different AC systems have different life spans, and knowing what to expect from your unit is essential. This blog post will cover the life span of central air conditioning, mini-splits, heat pumps, and window units.

Don’t wait until the heat creeps up to replace your AC. Contact Mattioni Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at 610-400-8510 to learn more about saving money with a new AC unit.

What Is the Life Span of My AC Unit?

Regardless of the approximate life span of your air conditioner, it will be cut short without proper annual maintenance. To maintain your AC, it’s important to check filters, keep your units free from dust and moisture, and call us if you notice any issues.

Central (Ducted) AC

Central air conditioners typically last between 15 to 20 years. Regular cleanings and tune-ups can extend the life span of a central AC unit and ensure that it operates at peak performance.

Ductless Mini-Splits

These units have a life span of 15 to 20 years. With ductless mini-splits, it’s essential to check for leaks in the coolant line and ensure all electrical components are operating correctly. You also need to make sure your filters aren’t clogged.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are known for their longevity and have a life span of 20 to 25 years. Clean or replace air filters regularly to ensure proper airflow, ensure the unit is cleared of debris and vegetation, and check that the defrost cycle works.

Window Units

In comparison, window units have a much shorter life span of five to eight years. Does your window unit run nonstop during the summer? If you have a window unit, it’s time to upgrade to a more efficient and long-lasting system. Replace your energy-draining window units with central AC, ductless mini-splits, or a heat pump to save money on your energy utilities.

Why You Should Upgrade Your AC System

Are you calling the AC repair guy every other day because your air conditioner isn’t doing its job effectively anymore? Whether overworked or just too worn out, replacing your old AC is an easy choice. Here are some reasons why you should call us to swap out your AC:

  • Better temperature control: New systems have advanced technology for improved temperature control, including the ability to control your thermostat from your phone.
  • Lower cooling bills: Energy-efficient AC systems consume less power and can significantly reduce energy bills, saving you money in the long run. It will also reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
  • Easier breathing: They come equipped with air filtration systems that can improve indoor air quality, promoting better health for you and your family.
  • Peace of mind: An upgraded system lets homeowners enjoy many summers before needing any major repairs. Schedule maintenance annually to help prolong your new AC’s life.

Factors That Shorten Your AC’s Life Span

Just like your vehicle, neglecting regular maintenance can shorten the life of your AC unit and stop it from working correctly. Air filters must be changed regularly, especially if the unit runs frequently. It’s also important to keep the coils clean and check refrigerant levels. If your AC’s cooling system breaks down, the unit will overheat and stop working.

Choose Mattioni for AC Services

Choose the Mattioni Team for all your AC needs in Chester County and the surrounding areas. Our team of experts will provide top-notch service, keeping your AC unit running smoothly for years to come. We can install, replace, repair, or maintain your home’s cooling system, regardless of make or model.

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