Heating and cooling systems are an investment, so it’s only natural that you’d want to get the most out of your HVAC unit. Whether you’re in the market for a new system, have an old unit that’s starting to show signs of slowing down, or you’re moving into a house with an existing system, it’s important to know how long an HVAC system is expected to last.
While the life of your HVAC unit depends on several factors, a good rule of thumb is to assume the heating and cooling unit will last about 15 – 20 years.
Here are other factors besides the age of unit that affect your HVAC’s lifespan:
- Type of system: Furnaces can last well over 20 years with regular care and maintenance, air conditioning units typically last 15 years, and heat pumps, which heat and cool, will last about 10-20 years.
- Maintenance: We cannot stress this enough! Maintenance is key to getting the most out of your system. One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning offers flexible maintenance plans to keep your system in check all year long.
- Heating & cooling habits: If your system is running continuously throughout the year, then chances are its lifespan will be shorter. While HVAC systems are meant to run faithfully throughout the year, it’s also a good idea to give it a break when the weather permits.
- Installation: HVAC systems should be installed by a professional who adheres to the manufacturer’s recommendations. A trusted HVAC technician should also be able to properly size your system for optimal efficiency and performance.
- Location: Systems that are in homes near the coast or water with salty or corrosive conditions may see lower HVAC lifespans.