How Long Will My New HVAC System Last?
January 23rd, 2020 by cverdone
HVAC System Expected Lifespans
- Air Conditioners with High Maintenance – At Least 25 Years
- Air Conditioners that Receive Some Maintenance – Between 20 and 25 Years
- Air Conditioners that Receive Maintenance When They Break – Between 18 and 20 Years
- Air Conditioners that Receive No Maintenance – Between 15 and 18 Years
- Oil and Gas Furnaces – Between 5 and 10 Years
- Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems – More than 30 Years if Maintained
- Gas, Electric and Oil-Fired Boilers – Between 16 and 30 Years
- Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers – Between 8 and 10 Years
- Thermostats – Between 25 and 40 Years
What Reduces Your Heating and Cooling System’s Lifespan
The primary cause of a reduced lifespan is the lack of proper maintenance. This can reduce your system’s useful life by as much as half the manufacturer’s estimates. Other factors include improper installation and defective components.
Proper maintenance involves changing your air filter every 30 to 90 days. Make sure to get your system inspected twice a year by an HVAC professional. This will help keep your air quality good and find broken or worn parts before your system breaks. This helps to make sure that your system is not leaking. Many warranties become void is proper maintenance isn’t performed on your equipment.
While not common, a system installed wrong can affect its performance and useful life. If a system is not the right size, this can also affect the performance. If you get a system that is too small for your home, it will always run. This will cause excessive wear and tear on the internal components. Not to mention, you’ll have high heating and cooling bills. The good news? A technicians can determine the correct size system to install in your home.