How Long Do Air Conditioners Last?

Modern manufacturing technologies, improved production facilities and the drive toward creating more energy-efficient “green” appliances has extended the lifespan of almost everything. From washing machines and refrigerators to your home’s HVAC system, with proper maintenance you can expect to get many years of service.

According to the United States Department of Energy, the typical central air conditioning system has an average life expectancy of 13 to 15 years. With regularly scheduled maintenance, that number can reach as high as 20 years or more!

HVAC in Phoenix

While these numbers are based on data coming from all 50 states, in particularly challenging climates like Arizona, those lifespan numbers can be reduced by as much as 20 percent, depending on other factors like lack of regular A/C maintenance.

As a homeowner, it’s important to start by researching manufacturers. Every manufacturer makes slightly different units and some use lower-quality materials to reduce new AC unit costs. That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence and focus on quality manufacturers with proven track records.

In Arizona, two main factors contribute to AC units breaking down sooner than they do in more moderate climates. These factors are:

  • Extreme Heat: Heat causes your AC unit to work harder to cool your home. It can stress the system and is why many AC contractors recommend stepping temperatures down gradually and installing quality systems designed to withstand extreme conditions like the heat in Phoenix.
  • Extreme Elements:  In Phoenix, with high winds and blowing dust during the summer monsoon season, no matter how well-protected your outside unit is, debris can enter the cooling unit and prematurely wear out parts. That’s why regular filter changes and maintenance are important to maintaining the integrity of your HVAC system.

Start By Choosing a High-Quality Unit

While it may be attractive cost-wise to buy a lower-quality, cheaper AC unit, it may not be able to withstand the severe Phoenix climate. Existing lower-quality units – for example, those made with a poor-quality compressor – may be cheaper to replace than repair. HVAC replacement cost isn’t cheap, so it’s a smart idea to spend a little more money upfront for a high-quality unit.

Trane systems are built to withstand the challenging climate in Arizona. They are high-quality units that are rigorously tested and made to last in extreme temperatures and conditions like those of Arizona in the summer. With regular maintenance and monthly filter changes, a Trane system can last 15 years or more, even in Phoenix!

Give Day & Night Air a Call!

If you’re looking for a new A/C unit installation in Phoenix, contact Day & Night Air today! Let us show you how investing in a high-quality, energy-efficient Trane system can save you serious money over its lifespan.