How Long Does An HVAC System Last?

Your HVAC system is the cornerstone of a comfortable home. But sometimes, HVAC systems start having problems. The AC doesn’t cool as much as it used to. The furnace’s blower starts to go on the fritz. More and more, you invest in repairs, and eventually, the system breaks down.

So what can you expect out of an HVAC system? How long does an HVAC system live for before you need to replace it?

Furnace life expectancy

You can expect a furnace to last 15 to 25 years.

Your furnace will live a long life if it’s been sized correctly for your home, if maintenance was done on a yearly basis, and if the install itself was done properly.

Air conditioning unit life expectancy

Air conditioning units generally last around 15 years or so.

If you want your air conditioning unit to live as long as possible, you want to get it maintained twice a year. Your AC, like your furnace, should be sized correctly for your home.

Heat pump life expectancy

You can expect up to 16 years out of your heat pump.

A heat pump runs all the time, and thus will tend to have a lower life expectancy than a furnace. If you want a long lived heat pump, you want to get the unit serviced yearly. This service should include a cleaning as well.

Tankless water heater life expectancy

Your tankless water heater can last around 20 years.

Tankless water heater longevity highly depends on the water quality in your area. You should also have maintenance done on your tankless unit every 3 years or so.

Electric or gas water heater life expectancy

Regular water heaters will typically last around 10 years.

Your water heater should be maintained by flushing it out every year and by having a technician check it out every 3 years.

Thermostat life expectancy

Thermostats can last a long time, up to 25 years. However, in recent years, there have been excellent options for programmable and “smart” thermostats that many people prefer to upgrade to. These thermostats can save a substantial amount of money in energy costs.

Invest in High Efficiency HVAC System

Why should you invest in a high-efficiency HVAC system? First, they lower overall operating costs by using less energy. Second, they can often have a longer lifespan than older, less efficient units. Keep up with your maintenance schedule and your high efficiency unit should last you a long time.

Ask us about high efficiency HVAC systems!

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