How Long Do Air Conditioners Last in Florida?

If you’ve purchased an air conditioning system recently, or you’re wondering whether it might be time to replace your old one, you probably have a very common question on your mind: how long is an air conditioning system supposed to last, anyway?

Turns out, that isn’t an easy question to answer. AC units and HVAC systems in general (the whole system, that includes the heating unit as well) vary widely in terms of their lifespan, based on a variety of factors, including the manufacturer, what kind of unit it is, how big the unit is, how well you maintain the unit, how often the unit is used, and even the environment in which you live.

Many professionals say that, roughly, an AC system should last about 15-20 years. AC units last less time than furnaces – 15 years as opposed to 20 – because they are typically outdoors and subject to weather extremes. In Florida, as with other hot, humid coastal areas, AC units tend to last even less: closer to 8-14 years, due to the salt, sulfur, and other natural chemicals in the air.

Again, though, your mileage may vary. Some AC professionals argue that regular maintenance is the key difference between an AC unit that lasts for 25 years and one that gives up after 10.  Air conditioner maintenance tasks might include: changing the filter once a month, getting seasonal tune-ups every year (usually at the beginning of the season when you’ll be using it most), removing any debris that builds up around the unit, and checking/replacing the insulation as necessary.

Properly maintaining your AC system can extend the lifespan of your unit by several years even in South Florida’s harsh conditions. Constant exposure to natural elements such as storms or very hot days can cause internal parts to deteriorate faster than the manufacture intended.  We suggest our Florida residents have their AC units tuned up at least once a year; this can prevent costly unexpected repair cost in the future.

If you need your AC unit tuned up, repaired, or replaced, reach out to Cousin's Air today. We are a family-owned and operated business that was established in 1995 by John Brescia Jr. and Jim Brescia. We serve multiple areas in Palm Beach County and Broward County in South Florida. Our NATE certified technicians will provide you with the highest level of customer service and handle all of your belongings with the utmost care. Contact Cousin's Air, Inc. for all of your AC needs.