Can HVAC Systems Last 25 Years or More?

Do you ever wonder how long your HVAC system can last? The average lifespan of heating and air conditioning systems is between 10 and 25 years, depending on the climate and the type of system you have. However, your HVAC system can last less time if it has been overloaded due to insufficient insulation and unwanted airflow (due to unsealed air leaks).Residents of warmer climates can cause less wear and tear on their systems. Although powerful, air conditioning systems are designed to withstand this use and last, on average, between 15 and 25 years. These systems are often expensive to buy and install, so they're expected to last decades, but 15 to 25 years is a wide range. If you want to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, there are several steps you can take.

Most manufacturers agree that the average lifespan of air conditioning systems is between 15 and 25 years. Some companies even claim that well-maintained systems can last more than 25 years, while well-maintained commercial air conditioning systems last longer than those that aren't. Each component of an air conditioning system is complex and, often, what appears to be a total failure at first glance is the rapid replacement or repair of a part of one of the systems. Replacing air conditioning systems can be expensive, so it's a good idea to plan and save before you need to immediately replace air conditioning units or furnaces. While homeownership is a given that a system can break down at any time, evaluating the age and condition of your current HVAC system can give you an idea of how much time you have left before you plan to replace it. Even better is that if you have a home warranty, maintaining your HVAC system won't be as expensive without it and you'll save on the possibility of replacing the entire system ahead of schedule.

With proper maintenance and care, your HVAC system can last up to 25 years or more.

Irene Heimerdinger
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