Many homeowners agonize over which HVAC unit to purchase and have installed in their home. One of the most common questions is the life expectancy of an HVAC system. However, in actuality there is no guarantee for the life expectancy. Typically the average life expectancy is based on the maintenance you put into your unit, the national averages, and regular estimates given for your specific unit. With no maintenance, the average life expectancy of an HVAC unit is between 15-18 years. By doing maintenance to it, a homeowner can extend the life of their unit up to 10 additional years.
Furnaces that are more current have greater advancements compared to those from a decade ago. They are more complex and offer greater efficiency with more high-tech components. Furnaces now work smarter and their performance is more efficient. Just like with any HVAC system, the maintenance done on a furnace over the years can prolong its life expectancy. Maintenance options to extend the life of your furnace can be found in the following areas:
- Heat Distribution
Air conditioning units last on average between 15 to 20 years. Newly manufactured air conditioners are built for higher efficiency and longer lifespan. Air conditioner performance can be affected by excess dirt, mold, and debris. These contaminants force the system to operate twice as hard to maintain cool temperatures throughout the home. A few things you can do to extend the lifespan of your air conditioner are:
- 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
Heat pumps last on average up to 15 years with proper maintenance and system checks. With the beauty of a heat pump you only have to deal with one unit controlling your heating and cooling needs. If you want to make the most of your heat pumps performance and life expectancy you can:
- Clean the unit’s fan
- Clean interior and exterior coils
- Regularly clean or change the filters
- Clean the vents and registers
- Have yearly inspections done by an HVAC professional
Any type of HVAC system you choose for your home is going to give you the best performance and consistency with annual maintenance. Take the next step towards prolonging the life of your unit by scheduling a service call with a trust HVAC expert.
For friendly and professional advice on the sales, service and maintenance of HVAC equipment; contact Parkers Heating and Cooling today or call us at (615) 355-9137.