At Northern’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, we are frequently asked by our customers, “How long will my HVAC system last?” Unfortunately, the accurate answer will require us to come out and do a thorough inspection of your HVAC unit. However, we are trained professionals and have seen thousands of heat pumps over the lifespan of our business. We can provide you with some useful information regarding this important topic.
Factors to Consider
When trying to determine how long your HVAC system will keep working, a lot of factors need to be considered. These include:
- How the heating and cooling capacity was determined.
- Whether the system was the original one installed in the home.
- The manner in which the system was designed.
- The quality of the installation.
- The amount of maintenance performed on the system.
- The quality of the equipment.
Typically, most heating and cooling systems will last approximately 15 years. However, we’ve witnessed cases where an HVAC system wasn’t consistently maintained and only lasted the homeowner six years. On the other hand, we’ve seen systems that have lasted 20 years or even longer because the owner had maintenance performed routinely. The benefits of having an annual tune-up include your unit lasting longer and avoiding the possibility of high costs repairs.
When you are building a new home, it’s important that you have your HVAC unit installed correctly. Choosing the right sizing, design and installation are critical factors that will affect the durability of your unit. For a job of this magnitude, it is important to rely on the expertise that only HVAC professionals can provide.