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How Long Can I Expect a New AC System to Last?


At Burant Heating & Air Conditioning, one of the most common questions we get during a new AC installation is, “how long can I expect my new AC unit to last?” A new, high-quality air conditioner unit will generally last between 10-15 years, and in some cases even up to 20! However, you must make sure that you properly maintain your air conditioning system to prevent an early AC failure.

What Factors Affect AC Lifespan?

Ultimately, the lifespan of your AC unit will vary based on how much you use it, how well it was built, and how well you maintain the system. Like any other piece of mechanical equipment, defects do occur from time to time - for that reason, all high-quality AC units should come with a manufacturer's warranty.

Build Quality

First, you should make sure to select a unit with high-quality parts and construction. At Burant Heating & Air Conditioning, we carry top-of-the-line brands like Lennox, Honeywell, and York. These brands use superior quality components like coils, compressors, and fittings, which keeps them working properly for years after installation. In fact, we’re so confident in the performance of our top-quality brands, that we back them with a 10-year labor warranty.

Regular Maintenance

Once you’ve chosen a high-quality air conditioner, you must be sure to keep it working properly through regular maintenance and cleaning. Here in Milwaukee, the harsh winter elements can cause damage to internal components. That is why it’s always recommended to have your AC unit serviced in the spring after things begin to thaw out. You should also have your ducts and vents cleaned regularly to ensure proper airflow – even partial blockage in a duct can cause your AC unit to work much harder.


The last big factor which impacts AC lifespan is how hard the unit has to work. This is where the residents of Milwaukee have a big advantage, because we generally don’t run our air conditioners in the winter months. Hot and humid areas like Florida will be much tougher on an AC unit, as users will often run these systems all day and night.

Call today for AC Installation, Repairs, or Maintenance

For more than 15 years, our Milwaukee air conditioning experts have proudly served the residents of Milwaukee in all their heating and cooling needs. Whether you need a new air conditioner, an AC repair service, or are just trying to prevent future issues, you can count on Burant Heating & Air Conditioning to get the job done right.

Call us at (414) 386-3660 or contact us online for all of your heating and cooling needs!

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