How Long Should an HVAC System Last?

It doesn’t come up often, except when you purchase a house with an existing heating and cooling system, or you have to purchase a new furnace or air conditioner. But have you ever wondered what the life expectancy of an HVAC system is? 

Firstly, an HVAC system includes multiple pieces of equipment in order to keep your home comfortable. So, let’s get into what an HVAC system truly is, and how long you can expect one to last in your Harrison Township, Monroe Township, Moorestown, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Pennsauken Township, Voorhees, or Washington Township home. 

What Does HVAC Stand For?

You may be familiar with the therm HVAC, but do you know what it stands for?

HVAC stands for:

Heating—Ventilation —Air Conditioning

A residential HVAC system consists of your furnace or boiler, your air conditioner, and any ventilation systems. Ventilation can include your bathroom fans, the oven range hood fan, and any other mechanical ventilation like ERVs and HRVs that will help your indoor air quality. So, when asking how long an HVAC system lasts, we might need to get a little more specific! Most homeowners really want to know how often a furnace should be replaced, or how long an air conditioner will last. 

How Long Will a Furnace or Boiler Last?

On average, heating systems last anywhere between 15 to 20 years. This will depend greatly on a few factors:

  • The make and model of your heating system
  • How much you use it
  • How well you keep up with furnace maintenance

As with any piece of mechanical equipment, your furnace will need some proper care and maintenance over its lifetime. Heating maintenance is especially important both before and/or after the heating season, to repair any parts that have deteriorated either during heavy use or while your heating system was sitting unused (like over the summer). A properly maintained furnace will cost less to run, last longer, and is less likely to leave you without heat in the middle of winter!

Some older makes and models of furnaces or boilers may operate just fine, but they run on older, inefficient technology. This makes even some small repairs not worth the money, because installing a new furnace, boiler, or heat pump will save you more cash in the long run.

How Long Will an Air Conditioner Last?

On average, an air conditioner should last between 10 to 15 years. This is a little less than a furnace, but similar to furnaces, the lifespan of an air conditioner depends on:

  • The make and model of your AC system
  • How much you use it
  • How well you keep up with AC maintenance

Maintaining your air conditioner is key to maximizing its life. This is also recommended at the beginning of spring, or at the end of summer to catch any impending failures and ensure your air conditioner is operating efficiently. Proper AC maintenance also increases your cooling system’s overall efficiency, meaning you’ll spend less on cooling costs over the cooling season. 

Ask the Local, Local HVAC Contractor

If you have questions about how long your furnace will last, or when you might need to replace your heating and cooling equipment, get in touch with the HVAC service experts at Bovio. We can discuss the age and efficiency of your system, and provide a path toward efficient comfort all year round for you and your family. But why stop at your heating and cooling system? We can assess the overall energy efficiency of your entire home through our free home energy audit

Are you concerned your heating or cooling system might not make it through the season? We’ll help you get ahead of an HVAC emergency. Call family-owned Bovio or get in touch here.

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