I just got out of a horrible, dysfunctional, relatonship with my last Air Conditioner.
A Lennox, it was fixed at 8 months, 20 months, and died at 8 years. We sweated through 2.5 years without A/C while we scrounged enough to replace it.
Learned a lot of little coping mechanisms and realized that it was also saving us $200 a month in electrical.
The replacement is an off-brand (Gibson?) and seems to work well. What I noticed was: It’s a good 20% larger, and the hot air coming off it isn’t as hot as it was on the Lennox.
So, question time:
The installer mentioned that 8-10 years is now the accepted lifespan of a system. Really?
While it may seem that ‘less hot air’ coming off the Condenser would mean it’s not working as well, I’m of the opinion it’s not working as hard…which means the compressor isn’t working as hard…which should translate to a little more longevity…right?
The online AC reviews I found were rather polar, either people rating them 5 stars wonderful, or 1 star awful (like my Lennox)…leading me to believe it’s a self-selecting population and not one to rely on. But how on earth do you make an educated choice on something like this then?