Whether you’re purchasing a home with an HVAC system or repairing an old system frequently, you’ll eventually need a new one. Knowing how long an HVAC system should serve your George County, MS home will help you plan for the replacement. Consider not only the service life but what could affect its lifespan.

The Potential Lifespan

If you want a simple answer, plan for your HVAC system to serve your home for about 15 to 25 years. However, that’s an oversimplification, considering different units have different service lives.

A modern central AC should last 15 to 20 years, but a heat pump that provides AC and heat year-round will only last 10 to 15. A furnace should also efficiently serve your home for 15 to 20 years.

Maintenance Impacts Service Life

Your system requires maintenance if you want it to run efficiently and serve its full potential service life. Heating and AC maintenance includes a deep system cleaning, testing and tightening hardware and electrical connections. Without maintenance, your HVAC system’s efficiency will degrade over time, eventually reducing its service life.

Extend Service Life With a Programmable Thermostat

When you leave your system set to the same temperature all day while you’re away, you wear the system out without experiencing the benefit. You can change this by reducing the load on the system when you’re away from the house for extended hours. A programmable thermostat makes those adjustments automatically so that you don’t forget.

Improper Installation Shortens Life

Installation plays a significant role in your system running efficiently. Improper installation can restrict airflow and cause excessive electrical strain, reducing the HVAC system’s service life. If you leave the HVAC installation job to homeowners, many may not properly install them.

When it’s time to replace your air conditioner or furnace, our skilled technicians can install it professionally. Call to schedule your furnace or AC installation service with our NATE-certified technicians at Air Specialty.

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