How Long Will My Central Air System Last?

Posted: June 3, 2024

Maintenance Is the Key to Extending Equipment Life

There are many factors that affect the life span of a central air conditioning system in Southeast Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the Delaware Valley. But there’s no doubt that regular maintenance, also known as tune-ups, can have a significant impact on how long your central A/C will last.

We also need to consider the quality of the cooling equipment, since top-of-the-line models from leading manufacturers such as Carrier will last longer than many other brands. The quality of the installation makes a difference too. Proper installation by the certified air conditioning professionals at Wilson Oil and Propane ensures that the system runs efficiently and lasts longer, assuming manufacturer guidelines for maintenance have been followed.

And finally, you will not be surprised to hear that air conditioners that run virtually non-stop during a hot summer will wear out faster than those that are used more sparingly.

So, with all that said, we’ve found, through our many decades of experience in the air conditioning industry, that the average life span of a central air conditioning unit typically ranges between 10 to 15 years.

When to Replace Your Central A/C System

If you think you’re spending too much money on repairs or your electric costs keep climbing every summer, consider replacing your central A/C system. Although there are exceptions, the performance and reliability of central air equipment usually deteriorates after 15 years.

There’s no point in hanging onto a cooling system that can no longer provide you with top performance. Over time, federal energy requirements have led to major improvements in home comfort equipment.

The result has been dramatically higher efficiency ratings, lower energy costs and minimal need for repairs. New cooling equipment also uses more environmentally friendly refrigerants than the units of the past.

A new high-efficiency system could cut your cooling costs by 30% or more—and end the expense and annoyance of breakdowns—while keeping your home more comfortable, no matter how high the temperature soars.

After doing a new equipment installation for you, we offer all the same expertise and money-saving services that we give customers for their heating equipment —including service plans and annual tune-ups.

What to Expect from a Wilson A/C Installation

The first step in designing an effective cooling system is a thorough inspection of your home, including all of the rooms you need to cool. When we arrive, we will ask you about any comfort issues that bother you, and then we will begin a complete inspection of your current equipment, including key components and all of your home’s ductwork.

Once we are thoroughly familiar with your present cooling system, and after we have determined your home comfort priorities, we find the perfect combination of equipment and installation. The system we design is the one that, in our professional opinion, will provide you with the highest level of comfort and efficiency.
We’ll proceed with the installation process with as little disruption to your daily routine as possible. We will clean up after ourselves and return your home to you in the condition we found it. Every Wilson employee is totally committed to your comfort, and our goal is 100% customer satisfaction.

Your options are not limited when you choose to partner with us. That’s because we install all major cooling system brands, from high-efficiency central air conditioning systems to heat pumps, including mini-split ductless systems for more targeted comfort.

Whatever system you think is best for your needs, we’ll install it properly to ensure that your Delaware Valley home stays more comfortable while keeping your cooling costs under control.

We’ll also help you qualify for various manufacturer and utility rebates, our own in-house rebates and federal tax credits. Put together, these incentives could help you save thousands of dollars on your new cooling system!

Wilson Oil and Propane is the company that people in the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey can depend on when they need heating and cooling service. Our service area includes the towns of Broomall, Media, Wallingford, Swarthmore, Springfield, and Newtown Square. We have a staff of professional technicians who can manage all types of HVAC service, from annual maintenance to emergency system repairs to top-notch heating and central air conditioning equipment replacement.

Please contact us today, and we’ll get you started by visiting your home and discussing your options with absolutely no obligation on your part.