Air conditioning lifetime value: How long should my AC last and what added costs can I expect?

If you’re considering installing air conditioning in your property – whether it’s to make the summers more bearable, because you want to increase the property value or are looking to attract renters – the cost is going to be a big part of your decision. After all, good air conditioning comes with a price, so you want to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. 

As well as the initial cost, considering the lifetime value of your air conditioning system will help you to determine whether the investment is right for you. After all, none of us like paying for something that doesn’t last or could cost us more in the end. 

So how do you assess the lifetime value of your air conditioning and what affects this value?

How do you assess the lifetime value of your air conditioning?

When looking at the overall value of your air conditioning, you need to factor in several things, including:

  • How long, on average, air conditioning systems last
  • What warranties are available
  • What servicing is needed
  • How easy is the system to maintain
  • What maintenance costs could be

Understanding these factors allows you to assess the investment and whether the benefits outweigh the costs. Of course, this means you need to know a bit more about air conditioning, which we can help you with. 

How long does air conditioning last?

Just as with anything electronic, air conditioning won’t last forever. However, they do last for a decent amount of time – so long as they are well looked after. 

On average air conditioning systems can last for 10 to 15 years if they are serviced and maintained correctly. This can mean that your investment keeps you cool for over a decade, which is ideal whether you are considering installing one in a property you’re staying in, will likely sell in a few years or are renting out.

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your AC running as it should for all this time though. Failing to look after your air conditioning can mean that it breaks down more frequently at the end of its life and that it ends up drawing more energy than needed. 

To get the most out of your air conditioning for as long as possible, you need to make sure that it is looked after correctly and that you recognise the signs that tell you maintenance is required. 

Remote control for air conditioner in hand. Room condition remote control. Air temperature switch for cooling of space.

What do I need to know about air conditioning maintenance?

To extend the life of your air conditioning system, you need to ensure that its maintenance isn’t neglected. Failing to perform maintenance tasks on your AC can lead to clogged filters, lead to a dirty condenser and bock the unit’s drain pan – all of which can lead to reduced performance and bigger issues. 

Maintenance of your aircon system ensures that it isn’t working harder than it needs to so it isn’t using more power and there is a reduced chance of breakdowns. However, maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult, time-consuming or expensive.

It is a good idea to book an annual service for your air conditioning, as this will ensure that everything is in full working order and highlight any potential issues before they become problems. In many cases, annual servicing may also be a condition of your system’s warranty. 

Other maintenance that you can perform yourself is relatively simple but can help keep your aircon running smoothly. This includes changing the filters in your units. We’ve made this even easier with our fully internal air conditioning, as the units are supplied with washable air filters so you can easily ensure they aren’t clogged and are purifying the air. 

How long are air conditioning warranties and what do they cover?

Checking the warranty on your chosen air conditioning is important as you need to know how long it is covered for and what comes under it. This differs for every supplier, so it is a good idea to do some comparisons to ensure you are getting the best possible cover and that you aren’t having to pay extra for it. 

At Urban Cooling, we pride ourselves on providing excellent aftercare, so you know you’re in good hands once your air conditioning has been installed. 

Our internal air conditioning without an external unit comes with a 5-year warranty, which covers parts and repairs. Similarly, our through-the-wall air conditioning units come with a 3-year warranty. This means that you have peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong or your AC isn’t working as it should, we’re on hand to take a look and get it fixed. 

In order to maintain your warranty as part of our aftercare service, it’s essential that you keep up with the yearly service programme. This is so our engineers can make sure your system is well looked after and that it is functioning correctly. They can also give you advice on getting the most out of your AC to maintain its lifespan. If annual services are not carried out, this can void your parts and service warranty. 

Ask all the questions

The best way to determine how much your air conditioning is likely to cost you throughout its life and get an estimate on what that lifespan is likely to be is to check the available information and talk to us. 

You can download our free guide to find out more about the air conditioning systems we offer and get in touch with our friendly team to ask any questions you may have. We are happy to discuss your needs and help you find the best air conditioning option for your property and budget, as well as explain our aftercare options. 

You can also take a look at our customer reviews to get an idea of the service we offer throughout the installation process and afterwards. 

To talk to us today about your air conditioning needs and get a better idea of how long your unit is likely to last, give us a call on 020 3613 9299 or fill in our contact form and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.