How Long Does an HVAC System Usually Last?

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Many homeowners in the Livingston, Texas, area wonder how long their HVAC system will last. Although there is no exact answer to that question, you can get an idea of how long yours might last by looking at the current age of the system, as well as your HVAC habits. Certain tasks can help extend the life of an HVAC system, while others may actually shorten it.

Average Lifespan

According to HVAC manufacturers, the average lifespan for a heating and cooling system is between 10 and 15 years. However, certain factors can impact whether yours will make it that long. A manufacturer always recommends keeping up with regular maintenance on the unit at least once or twice a year. The estimated lifespan includes the assumption that you are having this type of maintenance performed on your system by an experienced HVAC technician. Failure to maintain your system will often shorten its lifespan because it won't operate as efficiently and components may break down sooner.

Proper Installation

The installation of an HVAC unit will also impact how long it can last. A poorly installed or improperly sized unit could burn out faster because it's cycling on and off more frequently, running inefficiently, or working hard to heat and cool a space that's really too large for its capacity. The design of the overall system is important to its performance as well, including the ductwork and placement of the vents.

At-Home Maintenance

If you don't think often about your HVAC system, you may not be taking care of the important DIY maintenance tasks that can prolong the system's lifespan as well. You should check your filter and change it every one to three months as needed. It's also important to keep the vents and registers clean and unblocked to ensure efficiency.

At McWilliams & Son Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help extend the lifespan of your HVAC system through regular maintenance and tune-ups, so contact us today at 936-465-9191.

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