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AC Systems and Their Lifespan | What to Expect

There are options for cooling your home in the warmer months, from AC systems to window units. But what can you expect to get from your investment? Understanding the lifespan of each may help you make a decision when it comes to your home and the best air conditioning installation in Fort Lauderdale. 

Central Air Conditioner

A central HVAC system that uses ductwork to circulate air within the home can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years. That is quite a range, so can you predict how long your system will last if you have central air? Yes and no. If you were the one to install the unit or you are installing a new one, then you may be able to estimate. 

  • The unit’s size: one that’s too big will cycle on and off too often, wearing down parts quickly, and one that’s too small may overheat as it works hard to cool your home. 
  • Regular maintenance: a unit that hasn’t had proper care may not last as long. 
  • Your thermostat: location and constantly changing temperature settings can put undue stress on the HVAC unit. 
  • Proper installation: if it wasn’t installed correctly, it might not function effectively, cutting years from its potential lifespan.

If you purchased or inherited a home with an existing HVAC system, you may not know how many years you can reliably expect from your HVAC system. An inspection and maintenance from an experienced technician may give you a better idea. 

Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner

Ductless mini-split air conditioners may last even longer than a central air system. Several reasons include that these ductless systems offer variable speeds and don’t “kick on” with a hard start as HVAC systems do. They also don’t have ductwork, which can trap dust in filters, making the system work harder. So, while a ductless system still requires regular filter changes and maintenance to ensure longevity, you may see a longer lifespan. 

Window Air Conditioner

Just like other air conditioners, window units require regular filter cleaning and maintenance to last. They are ideal for controlling the temperature in a specific area or room, even if you have an existing central air or ductless mini-split system. You can reliably expect most window air conditioners to last eight to ten years.

Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners don’t last very long, only five to eight years, but have the added benefit of easily rolling to a new room if needed. So, their convenience may outweigh their short-lived existence should this fit your needs. 

Is it time to retrofit your home with air conditioning or replace your current system? Contact AMI Air Conditioning Service for the best air conditioning installation in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas. We can help explain your options and what may be best for your home with a free estimate. 

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