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How Long Will My New HVAC System Last?

Let’s be honest: nobody really likes having to replace their air conditioner or heater. For starters, you’re without the use of these appliances for the duration of the service (and longer if you wait until your system breaks down to replace it), and then on top of it, the financial investment is huge. But that being said, your investment should last you for quite some time, providing you with cooled and heated air for years to come. How long? Let’s take a closer look.

Expected Lifespan

On average, you can expect your brand new air conditioner to last you between 10 and 15 years until it needs to be replaced. Furnaces get a little bit longer of a life here in Florida, mostly due to our mild winters that mean they are used much less, so you can expect yours to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, that being said your own furnace or air conditioner could have a far shorter lifespan or a much longer one depending on how you take care of it.

Preserving Your System

Increasing the longevity of your heater or air conditioner is not nearly as difficult as it might seem, nor does it mean you have to run your system less often (a paralyzing thought on the worst days of summer). For starters, change your air filter. This small, simple screen is located over the main air intake for your heater and air conditioner and is used to remove dust, dirt, and other particles floating in the air. This prevents them from being recirculated back through your home, but also prevents them from damaging the important components in your system. Check it every two to three months and change it at least twice per year.

Second, leave the fan set to the “auto” position. On this setting, the blower motor will only fire up when your heating coils or cooling compressor turn on, which will run the blower motor less often. This allows it to remain in good working condition and use less energy. Likewise, running the fan less often is also better for the motor, allowing it to preserve its own longevity and help you avoid a costly repair.

Finally, have your systems tune-up regularly. Your heating and air systems are a lot like a car: the more you take care of them, the longer they’ll last and the better they’ll work. Letting a professional inspect your system, fix any minor problems before they become serious, and clean and lubricate critical components can help your heating and air systems function properly for the next decade or more.

Schedule your tune-up service for your heater or air conditioner by calling Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today! Dial 888-660-4337 to request a case evaluation.