How Long Will My Central Air System Last?

Taylor Energy’s HVAC professionals can help extend your cooling system’s lifespan.

With summer nearly behind us in northern Connecticut, we’re all looking forward to the lower temperatures and stunning fall foliage. How did your central air conditioning hold up this summer?

At Taylor Energy, we often speak to homeowners from Hartland, Tolland, Bloomfield and other communities about their aging A/C systems. Central cooling equipment has a pretty long life expectancy, but it won’t last forever. The Taylor Energy team can help you improve your cooling system’s performance and work with you on an A/C replacement when the time comes.

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The average lifespan of an A/C system

As a general rule, you can expect your central A/C equipment to dependably cool your home for 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance and care. If you have a ductless mini-split system, this lifespan is longer, often well over 20 years.

Ensure the best service for your central air equipment

The most important thing you can do to ensure that your HVAC equipment runs well for the longest possible time is to arrange regular A/C maintenance. Generally, an annual maintenance tune-up accomplishes this. A trained, licensed HVAC professional can clean and calibrate your A/C components to ensure the most efficient operation. They’ll also have a chance to catch minor problems before they have a chance to cause a system breakdown.

We recommend customers service their A/C equipment in the fall or winter when shutting it down won’t impact their comfort.

The best way to ensure your equipment gets the service it needs is with a Taylor Energy cooling system service plan. This coverage includes free annual maintenance and considerable discounts on repair visits.

When to replace your A/C equipment instead of repairing it

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As your central A/C equipment ages, it becomes less efficient and less reliable. You might find that you’re calling our HVAC repair team a bit too often. When does it make more sense to replace your cooling system instead of paying for another repair?

  1. If your system uses outdated R-22 refrigerant (also called Freon), you should replace the system. This refrigerant has been discontinued. R-22 and replacement parts for systems using it are getting more expensive by the day.
  2. If your current system has an efficiency rating far below 14-SEER, you should consider replacing it. As of January 2023, 14-SEER is the federally-mandated minimum energy efficiency. Taylor Energy sells and installs products with even higher ratings. Upgrading from lower-efficiency equipment will result in significant energy savings for years to come.
  3. If the cost of repairing your current system is more than half the cost of new equipment, it makes financial sense to replace the equipment.

Taylor Energy is your home cooling partner for the long haul!

Don’t go one more summer season with inefficient A/C equipment that barely keeps you comfortable. When you work with Taylor Energy on an HVAC upgrade, we quickly identify a central A/C product that meets your needs and budget. Our team will install it promptly and correctly, and we’re also available for maintenance and repairs when you need them. Contact us today!

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