Air Conditioner Life Span

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    What is the life span of my A/C System?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the average life span of a central air conditioning system is around 8 to 12 years, however, expectancy can vary; it all depends on how often your system is maintained.


    Why do some air conditioners conk out after 8 years while others keep chugging along? Regular maintenance is the answer. Account to the EIA, only 42 percent of people who own air conditioning systems have their equipment serviced each year. Just as regular tune-ups for your care help you get the best mileage, seasonal maintenance for your HVAC system keeps them operating at peak efficiency. A regularly serviced air conditioning system increases the life span, runs better, and needs fewer repairs.

    Air conditioning units are complex pieces of equipment with components that work optimally when operating in perfect sync with each other. One faulty part can force the AC to work overtime to achieve ideal temperature settings, wearing the unit out before its time. If not serviced regularly, dust and debris accumulate on parts and equipment, hampering operation, energy efficiency and performance. A well-maintained air conditioner in central Texas can last up to twice as long as a neglected system.


    The energy efficiency of air conditioners is rated by their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), which compares the unit’s energy consumption with its cooling output. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, chances are that you can save money by replacing the system. Currently, new A/C systems are required to have a SEER of at least 14, replacing the previous minimum of a SEER of 13. The greater the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient your home will be. A highly efficient system from Pickett and Carrier can pay for itself through lower monthly energy bills.


    According to the EPA, replacing an A/C system that’s more than 10 years old can cut your cooling costs by 20 to 50 percent. Proper installation, however, is the key to achieving optimum efficiency and savings. An undersized system will run longer than necessary, causing undue wear and tear. An over-sized system will cool your home quickly but will cycle off again before it’s had time to remove humidity from the air, resulting in uncomfortable shifts in temperatures and a clammy environment. At Pickett, we take the time to analyze your home to ensure that your new A/C is the perfect fit for your home.

    With more than 28 years of experience serving Houston, Texas, Pickett Heating & Air is proud to offer products, repairs, and maintenance that can extend the life of your air conditioning system. As your local A/C experts, we’ll ensure that your air conditioner provides you with a cool and comfortable environment for many years to come.

    Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

    September 19, 2016