How Long Do HVAC Systems Go For?

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Whether you’re purchasing a new HVAC system or simply worried that you might need to, you want to know how long these devices last. After all, any system, even a mini-split, which comes without ductwork, will be a hefty investment. Of course, the answer to this question will be complicated by several factors, which we’ll now explore.

Different Elements of HVAC Systems

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so if you own a system that combines, for example, a furnace with an AC, then you have to consider the differences between those two, which include differences in life span. A typical gas furnace runs for 15 to 20 years, while an electric air conditioner may last 10 to 15 years. Some homes are equipped with a heat pump, which lasts 15 to 20 years.

HVAC Systems and Maintenance

We know that the individual components in an HVAC system may wear out sooner than others. But to minimize that wear and tear across the whole system, you need professional maintenance. Experts suggest having it done twice a year: once in spring, to prepare for the cooling season, and once in autumn for the heating season.

Maintenance refers to when a technician goes to your home to perform a visual inspection of the system, check for issues, clean the interior components, and make minor adjustments and repairs. That being said, you do still have responsibilities with your HVAC system, primarily in that you should change the air filter at least once every 90 days. This contributes to a longer life span by allowing smooth airflow and minimizing strain on the motor.

Frequency of Use

Even a well-maintained system can wear out sooner the more it’s used, so ask yourself how the climate has influenced the frequency with which you turn your HVAC system on and off. Extreme temperatures will no doubt shorten the system’s life, but proper care will help your AC last its full expected lifespan.

At Butler Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re proud to provide HVAC maintenance, repairs, and replacements to the people of Dayton, OH. We also do plenty of plumbing work, installing everything from water softeners and water heaters to toilets. Call us today for more details!