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How Long Can an AC Last?

TechXpert verified by Ken Kontra

Most AC systems can last anywhere between 12 and 15 years. It’s comforting to know your AC system can last this long. However, as it ages, you may notice lower efficiency and more need for repairs.

AC Losing its Cool Before Expected

While your AC system can last you a long time, it’s survival depends on proper maintenance and ensuring problems are handled quickly rather than allowing them to escalate.

To prolong the lifespan of your AC unit, make sure to maintain it regularly, keeping filters clean and paying attention to how its aging to avoid a sudden and unexpected replacement.

AC Compressor Compressed for Time

Your AC unit’s compressor is one of its most important parts. While the compressor averages about the same lifespan as your AC unit (between 12 and 15 years), as it loses efficiency it can impact the rest of your AC unit.

Coolness has an Expiration Date

Considering it’s normally operating constantly over the span of several seasons, your AC’s hard work will have to come to an end at some point. When your home’s too hot to handle, it’s time to consider a replacement.

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