How long should my HVAC system last


How Long Should My HVAC System Last?

Updated: 8/16/2017

Some people wait until their system breaks before replacing it. Others tend to be more proactive and responsible with their system. Personally, I highly recommend the latter example. Staying on top of your HVAC system will save you time and money. These systems are generally extremely efficient and low in cost. However, maintenance and replacing different equipment can be costly. To put it simply, the life of your system depends on the amount of time you utilize it. According to Nick Rohan, CEO of RESSAC Climate Control Technologies, “we see a lifetime range of 10-30 years with 20 years being the average.” While this general range can help, it is also completely dependent on the type of HVAC system and other factors.

Your ability to maintain your system will affect its lifespan. Like we stated above, you should not wait until something breaks before checking it. There are specific equipment checks you should perform on your HVAC system. Some of these include checks on your filter, seasonal tune-ups, debris around the unity, and the refrigerant. The most common mistake people make is checking the filter. The filter should be changed every couple months. Usually, 2-3 months. Additionally, it is helpful to get the AC serviced during the seasons. A great example is checking it before summer begins. If you know you will use it extensively in the summer, get it checked. The refrigerant in your AC is important because it makes the air cold. This insulate needs to sometimes be replaced.

Evidence shows that no maintenance will give the AC a lifespan of 15-18 years. If you tend to a few of the above items regularly, the lifespan can be increased to 20-25 years. These machines are built to last, but they require some maintenance to get the full lifespan. Besides equipment, the amount of use also affects lifespan. Some people may live in a desert environment where the AC may be used frequently. In this case, you may want to maintain the system more. Other people may leave the doors open when they run the AC. This will force the AC unity to use more energy.

The starting of an AC is the most straining part for the machine. The compressor uses the most energy during this portion. If you are running your AC all day, a toll will be taken on your system. There is also heavy evidence of shorter life expectancies for costal homes. The costal environment affects this because of the saltwater. This environment ruins the machine and can shorten the life span to 10-15 years. To summarize the article, the life expectancy of your AC depends on you. If you use your AC efficiently, maintain the unit well, and shut the house during use, the AC will have a 20-25 year lifespan. You should think of your HVAC system as an investment for yourself or your family. It will help you live a more comfortable and relaxed life.

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