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How long will my HVAC system last?

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Homeowners or potential buyers face a list of questions like this. How long will my _____ last? That blank could be filled in with a long list of home-related systems…

  • HVAC
  • Roof
  • Appliances
  • Carpet and laminate floors
  • Windows & doors
  • Pool & spa equipment
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Exterior siding & paint
  • Sump pumps/drainage systems

Your HVAC system has the most direct impact on the comfort level in your home. You can find articles online that quote life expectancy ranges of 10 to 20+ years, but general estimates do not take into consideration the real-life factors affecting your personal HVAC system.

Like your car, SUV, or truck, the type of use and maintenance performed have a huge impact on the reliability and life span of your HVAC system.

Retirees, families with small children and those who work at home will have more system usage per day versus households where occupants are out of the home more.

A system that is undersized or not ducted properly may need to run longer to deliver the desired comfort level, with a negative effect on the effective lifetime. A lack of regular maintenance (filters, refrigerant monitoring, debris removal from external units) can also shorten the life of your system.

Therefore, rather than rely on non-specific industry estimates, we recommend a proactive approach to maximizing the life of your HVAC system.

We are certified HVAC professionals. We can inspect your system and offer you a preventive maintenance plan to maximize your system life and performance. For older systems, we can develop an upgrade or replacement plan to take advantage of the newest heating and cooling technology.