Many homeowners agonize over which HVAC unit to purchase and install in their home. One of the most common questions they typically have is, “what is the life expectancy of an HVAC system?”In fact, there are no guarantees when it comes to the lifespan of heating and cooling systems.
Typically, the average life expectancy for HVAC systems is based on several factors, including:
- The type of system you choose
- How the unit is installed
- How the unit is used
- How—or whether—the unit is maintained
- And more
Generally, without maintenance, the average HVAC system will have a life expectancy of about 15 years. With routine maintenance, HVAC systems can last up to 10 additional years.
Here’s a closer look at the different types of HVAC systems, their typical lifespans, and which components tend to need service and attention first.
Modern furnaces have greater advancements than those from a decade ago. They are more complex and offer greater efficiency with more high-tech components. Now, furnaces work smarter, and their performance is more efficient.
Month after month of use, however, can start to wear down some furnace components. In general, furnace components that tend to wear out or need replacement first include:
- Air filters
- Electrical components
- Control switches
HVAC maintenance service will involve checking, cleaning, adjusting, and replacing these and other parts. While that can help furnaces run more efficiently, it can also prolong their lifespans.
Air conditioning units can last an average of 15 to 20 years. Newly manufactured ACs are built for higher efficiency and longer lifespans. They are not, however, immune to the wear and tear that comes with regular use.
In fact, as ACs are used season after season, they can get dirty, parts can loosen, and systems can operate less efficiently. That can mean that air conditioners work twice as hard to maintain cool temperatures throughout a home.
Similar to furnaces, ACs tend to see components like filters, switches, and thermostats fall into disrepair first. Here are a few things you can do to extend the lifespan of your air conditioner:
- Change or clean the air filter regularly.
- Have an AC expert clean the coils.
- Clean ductwork and vents once a year.
- Ensure that the unit outside stays clean and free of dust.
The average heat pumps can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance and system checks. The beauty of a heat pump is that you only have to deal with one unit controlling your heating and cooling needs.
So, if you want to make the most of your heat pump’s performance and maximize its lifespan, here’s what you can do:
- Clean the unit’s fan.
- Clean the interior and exterior coils.
- Regularly clean or change the filters.
- Clean the vents and registers.
- Get an annual inspection and heat pump tune-up from an HVAC professional.
When it comes to extending the life of your HVAC system, the bottom line is that you’ll get the best performance and comfort with annual maintenance. This affordable upfront cost can go a long way to maximizing your HVAC system’s lifespan while:
- Keeping your energy use and bills at a minimum
- Minimizing the need for HVAC repairs, which can save you money
- Protecting your investment and ensuring you have warrant coverage for as long as possible
To schedule HVAC maintenance or any heating and cooling service in or around Symrna, TN, contact Parkers Heating & Cooling online or call us at (615) 355-9137.