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  • Writer's pictureMike Fagnan

How long will my air conditioner last?

In Alberta, where we’re not running our air conditioners all year, many homeowners wonder how long their air conditioners might last. In truth, many factors will affect the longevity of your air conditioner.

At Fagnan’s Furnace Service, we have been installing, repairing and maintaining air conditioners for decades! Here we share our expertise to help you determine how long your air conditioner might last.

The average lifespan of a traditional central air conditioner

Typically, a traditional air conditioner offers a lifespan of roughly 15 years. Many factors will add (or subtract) years from this estimate. How often you use your air conditioner will contribute to its longevity. The brand, model, and how often you service your air conditioner will also increase or decrease your system’s lifespan.

Fagnan’s Furnace Service is a Carrier Factory Authorized dealer supplying top-of-the-line air conditioners. With newer and more efficient models, you can expect your air conditioner to last even beyond the 20-year mark.

The lifespan of a ductless air conditioner

A ductless air conditioner is another type of air conditioning system many Canadians choose. Ductless air conditioners offer versatility and energy efficiency. Ductless air conditioners can last an average of 20-30 years if they receive regularly scheduled maintenance and you stay on top of repairs.

Major factors that affect the lifespan of your A/C

1. Excessive usage

If you always have your air conditioner on through the summer months and beyond, your HVAC system rarely gets a break. On top of this, leaving windows and doors open, or improper window and door seals, will also force your air-conditioning to work harder for long periods. As a result, you may need a new air-conditioner earlier than you would have predicted.

2. Poor maintenance

Some people believe that once installing an AC, they don’t need to call their HVAC contractor unless it needs repair or replacement. This is not the case! You want to schedule annual or bi-annual maintenance for your air conditioner. When your contractor can attend to damage before it worsens, check refrigerant levels and clean the condenser coils, it will mean the difference between an air conditioner that lasts and one that doesn’t. Changing your air filters every 3-4 months, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions, is also important.

3. Wrong sizing

An AC unit that needs to cool a space too large for it will take years off its life. Be sure you choose an air conditioner that is the correct size for your home.

Contact Fagnan’s Furnace Service if it’s time to repair or replace your air conditioner. We can help you choose the perfect air conditioner for your home.

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