Whether you just bought a new HVAC system or you’re encountering problems with your current one, you’re probably curious as to how long it will last. After all, you want to put off replacement for as long as possible. Here are three key factors to consider in answer to that question.
The Kind of HVAC System
HVAC systems cover a vast range of comfort units from furnaces and heat pumps to ducted and ductless ACs. The units that last the longest include ductless ACs, which cool only one room but can do so for 30 years, and boilers, which can go for anywhere between 20 and 35 years. As for furnaces, gas furnaces typically perform for the longest time (15 to 20 years) and oil furnaces for the shortest (10 to 15 years).
How Well-Maintained It Is
Every type of HVAC system requires maintenance to reach its full potential. The recommended frequency is twice a year: once in spring and once in autumn, before the major cooling and heating seasons. Maintenance will address issues that, if left alone, will drain your system of the energy to do its job. These issues include dirt and dust buildup in the coils, a clogged filter, an unlubricated motor bearing, and leaking refrigerant lines. As a result of maintenance, the system will run smoothly and with a minimum of wear and tear, lasting longer in the process.
How Frequently It Runs
Now, your HVAC system may run smoothly, but if it runs all the time, that will naturally shorten its lifespan. Have you programmed your thermostat so that the system only turns on when it’s really needed? Unfortunately, extreme climates may require you to constantly run your unit; there’s no way to get around that.
Mike's Heating and Air can set you up for maintenance here in Albany, OR and perform repairs whenever needed. We install HVAC systems, including boilers and ductless mini-splits, as well as air purifiers. Trust us because we’ve been in business since 1985 and achieved an A+ rating with the BBB. For a consultation, simply give us a call today!