Are you updating to something modern and efficient? Is your old air conditioner simply past its prime? Simply looking to add extra value to your home prior to a sale. No matter why you’re in the market for an air conditioner, there’s plenty to think about before making your choice. The biggest question of all, however, relates to just how ‘long term’ your big investment will be. So how long do air conditioners last, really?

We all know why you want an air conditioner – because in hot and sticky Queensland, isn’t it just obvious? You’ll also need to think about:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Upfront cost
  • Comfort & practicality
  • Reverse cycle or just cooling?
  • Advanced features
  • Reliability.

Durability and longevity, however, are the big ones – because these air conditioners cost a lot of money, and you want to know how long it will make the air around your family nice and comfortable. So how long do home air conditioners last? It really depends on the air conditioner type:

1. How long do air conditioners last?

As we just hinted at, it depends solely on the technology type, brand and model. The best guide is the manufacturer’s warranty – because that’s how long the brand you choose is prepared to be ‘on the hook’ for catastrophic failures that they’ll have to cough up for. Generally, though, you’re looking at somewhere between 5 and 15 years.

2. How long do ducted air conditioners last?

If you want your system to last as long as is absolutely possible, look into the premium form of all-home air conditioning – which is ducted. Sure, your manufacturer may not quite offer 15 years, but they really should be guaranteeing your duct-work for that long – or possibly even longer. And if your ducted air conditioning isn’t going to be guaranteed for about 10 years on the unit and the compressor, keep looking.

3. How long do reverse cycle air conditioners last?

When people refer to reverse cycle air conditioning, they’re probably talking about their ducted system – even though split systems are technically reverse cycle in that the refrigeration cycle can be ‘reversed’ so that it warms your space, too. But a whole-house reverse cycle ducted system should definitely offer 5 years for full-service parts and labour for significant faults – and then you should most certainly expect another decade at least on top of that for the actual system lifespan, as long as you follow the maintenance and servicing schedule.

4. How long do split system air conditioners last?

But if you have a split system, which is extremely popular these days and at the cutting edge of HVAC R&D, expect nothing less – you can most certainly plan to not have to worry about replacing a bung split system until at least 10 to 15 years down the track. But that depends on buying a reputable brand and probably getting a full service and inspection once a year to be sure.

The Verdict: how long do air conditioners last?

How long do portable air conditioners last? This is the one that has the most variety, as some models may package only a 1-year warranty while others will give you two, three or even 5 years for parts within the sealed system. But we’ve certainly seen quality portable air conditioners last 20 and even 30+ years if they’re looked after well.

In fact, for all air conditioner types, whether you get exactly what the warranty promised or much, much more life out of your system, it really depends on a variety of factors including:

  • The outdoor unit’s surroundings
  • Humidity (particularly relevant to Queensland)
  • Run-time per session
  • Adherence to maintenance, servicing & cleaning schedules
  • Quality of the installation.

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