How long can I expect a Rheem air conditioning unit to last ?Post created: 2012-12-22 Type of Equipment: Air Conditioner Views: 449
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On 2012-12-23 JB wrote:
From what I have been able to find the lifespan of an AC unit can be between 10 and 20 years. Seems like a wide stretch, but it depends on the equipment, if it is properly sized to the home, if it is installed and maintained properly, and how frequently it is used. An AC unit in Alabama will see more use than one in New Hampshire.
Given that Rheem has a fairly good reputation I would expect that it would tend to have a longer lifespan, but if it hasn't been properly maintained or there are other issues stressing the system, then the lifespan could be considerably shorter.
I assume you are asking because you are considering replacing it? If that is the case and you are not the original homeowner I would suggest having a certified HVAC tech come in and perform routine maintenance and then ask if could evaluate the condition of the system. I would also consider how well the system is operating. Is it at its expected efficiency? Is it properly cooling the house? Do you need repairs frequently?
Also, if the system is fairly old (say 20 years) you may see some savings from a new system that is made to operate much more efficiently.
Hope this helps.
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