What Is The Lifespan Of An HVAC System?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Homeowners should have an inspection checklist to go over as the seasons change, with checking their HVAC system at the top of that list. If you have higher than normal heating bills or a problem cooling your house during the summer, you may have a problem. The following information can help you increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and its efficiency.

HVAC system lifespan facts

Air conditioners should last about 15 to 20 years, according to statistics listed by the U.S. Department of Energy. A properly installed furnace can be expected to last up to 20 years. Taking good care of your HVAC system by having it regularly inspected, maintained, and cleaned will ensure that it operates at peak efficiency as well.

HVAC maintenance and repair

It is unlikely that you will know what kind of maintenance and repair were done on your HVAC system if you purchased your home from another owner. Some homeowners provide maintenance records to new owners, but others may not have kept up with needed inspections and repair. Your HVAC unit should operate well for many years if it is maintained properly and repairs are made when needed.

Situations that influence the lifespan of an HVAC system

Be aware of the average lifespan of an HVAC system so that you can plan and budget for major repairs and eventual replacement. Heating and cooling systems may operate under the same principles, but HVAC setups are not typically the same. It is possible that someone without proper knowledge installed your heating and air conditioning system. If a highly trained HVAC installation professional does the installation, the system may end up lasting longer than you expect.

Keeping ductwork clean and regularly changing the air filters can reduce or extend the life of your HVAC system. There are other factors that can influence the operation and longevity of your system. HVAC units have to work harder to heat and cool a home with insufficient insulation and broken seals around doors and windows. These issues can cause a system to break down before it should.

Preparing for HVAC repair or replacement

Your budget may determine whether you will be repairing or replacing your system if a technician finds problems during their inspection. The age of your unit can also affect your repair or replacement choices. If your HVAC system is ten years old, it may be less expensive to replace your heating and cooling system with an energy efficient model. If you choose to replace your HVAC unit, keep track of paperwork regarding its purchase and maintenance. Knowing how old your system is and how it has been maintained will help you plan and budget for future repairs and replacements.

Choosing an HVAC professional

Hiring an experienced heating and air conditioning technician can help you keep your system in peak condition for its entire lifespan. If you need help with your HVAC system or would just like a inspection, contact the experts at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas today. We provide residential, commercial, and industrial services. Call us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more. You can also stop by our office at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo