AC Repair Hernando Beach How Long Should a AC Unit last?
New air conditioning and heating equipment lasts longer than you might think. The end of a furnace or air conditioner’s service life depends on more than just chronological age. Energy-efficiency issues as well as the price of all necessary repairs versus the cost of upgrading to a new unit all enter into that determination. If a unit is taken care of, a homeowner is likely to get twelve to twenty years out of their system without ever needing AC repair. Hernando Beach residents can make their systems last if they know how to take care of them.
Central Air Conditioners
Central air conditioners typically last from 12 to 15 years if properly maintained. The lifespan of a central cooling unit may be reduced if its capacity is not properly matched to the cooling load of the home. Over sized air conditioners frequently short-cycle, or rather turn on and off rapidly, inflicting excessive wear and tear on the compressor. Like a furnace’s heat exchanger, the compressor is the most costly part in the system receiving AC repair. Hernando Beach residents find that a worn-out compressor in a unit that’s outlived its warranty is usually a deal-breaker that warrants upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient air conditioner rather that repairing the existing unit.
What About a Furnace’s Lifespan?
The average service life of a new furnace is usually 16 to 20 years if it is properly maintained. Most furnace parts that fail during that span are replaceable at a cost that makes repair a better call than replacing the entire furnace. The exception is the heat exchanger, a furnace’s single most expensive component. A cracked heat exchanger in a unit that’s already out of warranty is usually a tipping point that means it’s time to shop for a new furnace instead of AC repair. Hernando Beach residents can save a ton of money by keeping their HVAC systems maintained.
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