HVAC Systems: How Long Do They Last?

June 16, 2022
AC Lifespan in Philadelphia, PA

Chances are you own some form of central heating and cooling system, or you own a system of ductless mini-splits to heat and cool the most frequently occupied important rooms. HVAC systems, whether ducted or ductless or powered by gas or by electricity, all come with an estimated life span. This can range from 10 to 30 or even 35 years, depending on the system and, as you’ll see below, certain other factors.

Type of HVAC System

As we said, HVAC systems vary in their life expectancy based on what they are. Heat pumps can live for up to 20 years whereas oil furnaces, to take one example, may only go for 12 years. Between them would be electric and gas furnaces with an average life span of 15 years. Mini-splits, on account of their energy efficiency and their compact nature, can last three decades.

Frequency of Maintenance

Tune-ups are a must for any HVAC system; in fact, most manufacturers make it a requirement for their warranties that the owners get professional maintenance every year. We recommend biannual maintenance to keep both the heating and cooling system in good shape.

The purpose of maintenance is to eliminate those issues that, while starting off small, will cause major issues down the line. These issues, such as clogged filters and dirt build-up on the evaporator coil, wear down the system and otherwise shorten its life.

Frequency of Use

Even when well-maintained, a system will wear out quicker if it’s continually in operation. In extreme climates, HVAC systems do have to run constantly out of necessity, but still, homeowners can do much to counteract this: programming the thermostat, for example.

Serving the people of Philadelphia, PA, since 1945, Peters Associates has a team of NATE-certified technicians who can perform tune-ups and repairs on any HVAC system in the Philadelphia area. We’re also experts in duct cleaning, fireplace installation, and water heater installation. We’ve been BBB-accredited since 2004, and we boast an A+ rating with them.

To ask any questions or to schedule an appointment, call us today!

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