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How Long Will My New HVAC System Last?

January 23rd, 2020 by cverdone

New Unit Installation

Are you wondering how long your HVAC system will last after you have it installed? Most HVAC systems are designed to last between 12 and 25 years. Of course, this depends on the fuel source of your system and how much maintenance it receives. The good news is that our HVAC professionals can help you maintain your heating and cooling system so that you get all the years you expect from your new system.

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, which 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

Proper maintenance involves changing your air filter every 30 to 90 days and getting your system inspected twice a year by an HVAC professional. This will help keep your air quality good, find broken or worn parts before your system breaks and ensure that your system is not leaking. It’s important to note that many warranties are considered void is proper maintenance isn’t performed on your new heating and cooling equipment.

Improper Installation

While not common, an incorrectly installed or improperly sized system can affect its performance and useful life. For example, if you get a system that is too small for your home, it will run nearly continuously, causing excessive wear and tear on the internal components. Not to mention, you’ll have extremely high heating and cooling bills. The good news is that an experienced heating and cooling technicians perform calculations to determine the correct size system to install in your home.

Defective Components

While manufacturers do their best to develop and sell high-quality systems, sometimes one or more parts can be defective. This can lead to unexpected breakdowns. The good news is that if you get your system properly maintained, these defective components can be found quickly, and if you’ve gotten regular inspections and maintenance, your system’s warranty will cover the cost of the replacement part.

To learn how our HVAC professionals can help keep your heating and cooling equipment functioning properly and to schedule maintenance, give us a call at 847-905-1608.