HVAC systems are sophisticated machines that, hopefully, keep your home comfortable year-round. If you are like many homeowners, you may have questions about maintaining your system, how long it should last, or even how often you should change your furnace filter. That’s normal. Read on to get a clear picture of the suggested HVAC maintenance timeline and the average service life.
HVAC Service Life
The service life of an HVAC system depends on many factors. The first factor is the quality of the installation. Installing an HVAC system entails calculating your home’s load, sizing the HVAC units, and a ductwork evaluation for sizing, repairs, or replacement.
The second factor for estimating service life is the manufacturing quality of any HVAC unit. In the long run, it’s best to stick with a reputable, factory-authorized HVAC contractor that offers a good warranty and workmanship guarantee.
Lastly, the quality and frequency of HVAC maintenance determines how long your HVAC system lasts before you need to replace it. Following are widely accepted estimates of expected service life for common HVAC units:
- Central air conditioner: 10 to 15 years
- Central heat pump: 10 to 15 years
- Geothermal heat pump: Indoor components 25 years and outdoor ground loop 50 years
- Furnace: 15 to 20 years
- Ductless mini split: 20 to 30 years
- Ductwork: Metal ducts may last a lifetime
HVAC Maintenance Timeline
Scheduled professional HVAC preventive maintenance is a win-win situation to boost your comfort and save money by minimizing repairs and lowering energy bills. Your HVAC technician should visit your home in the spring and fall so you don’t have to call him or her for repairs in the summer and winter!
Following is a suggested HVAC maintenance timeline:
- Central air conditioner: Every spring
- Central heat pump: Every spring and fall
- Geothermal heat pump: Every spring and fall
- Furnace: Every fall
- Ductless mini split: Every spring or fall
- Ductwork: Every spring or fall
Don’t push back your HVAC maintenance timeline or you may be replacing it sooner rather than later. Contact Air Assurance in Broken Arrow to schedule regular service today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about maintenance timelines and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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