Having an HVAC system installed is not cheap, so we like to think that at least after that point it will last for as long as we live in the house. But can you be sure? If you know that you’re moving in a few years, this may not be something to worry about, but most of us hope to stay in our current home for some time and make memories there. If you’re in it for the long haul, or even just want to know how much value you can expect from your HVAC system when you move, it’s important to know how long you can expect your HVAC system to last.
There are a few factors to consider when trying to figure this out.
Type of System
Different types of HVAC systems have different life expectancies. For instance, a geothermal HVAC system requires higher maintenance but can last 30+ years, very possibly longer than you intend to live in the home. Oil-based furnaces, however, tend to last much less time than standard central HVAC systems, though their affordability makes them popular for homeowners on a budget. Other features like ducts, humidifiers and dehumidifiers have their own life expectancy, usually about 8-10 years each. With regular maintenance, an average central HVAC system can last about 20-25 years or even longer. But of course, as you can see, the key to this longevity is…
Regular maintenance is essential to the longevity of your HVAC system. Even a great HVAC system can fall apart if it’s installed and then promptly neglected. It’s all too easy for dust, dirt, and pet dander to build up in your HVAC system, wearing down its function and structure. If you want your HVAC unit to last for the optimum amount of time, make sure that the filter is changed regularly, that debris is removed from the outside unit, and regular checkups and preventative maintenance are done to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Quality of Manufacturing
This is true of everything: if it’s built cheaply, it will fall apart with regular use before much time has passed. When searching for an HVAC system, it’s always a good idea to look into the manufacturer and their reputation. Go through reviews to find any comments about the durability of the system, or ask an HVAC expert for their advice when it comes to durable manufacturing. You’ll likely have to pay more for a higher quality HVAC system, but these systems will last far longer than their cheaper counterparts.
Repair or Replace
Just because your HVAC system has started to show some problems doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel and replace it. You may still be able to repair the system, especially if it’s less than 10 years old. Always discuss your options with an HVAC contractor to find out whether or not the system can be repaired before you replace it. However, if it’s an older system, often it may be cheaper to simply replace the system.
At Air Solutions in Bryan-College Station, we have 50 years of combined experience with various HVAC systems and their longevity. We offer some of the highest quality HVAC products and can give you an estimate on how long those products and features are likely to last. Contact us today for more information or to install your own HVAC system.