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How Long Will My HVAC Unit Last before It Needs to Be Replaced?

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Think maintenance agreements are just to change the air filter? Think again. Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your HVAC system. Here’s what you need to know about what to expect from your HVAC unit before it's time for a replacement:

The Numbers Game

There are certain expectations when it comes to the life of mechanical systems, and your HVAC unit is no exception. And though some of it depends on the brand of the equipment, the amount of use, and other factors, here’s how it breaks down on average for a standard central heating and air conditioning system:

  • HVAC lifespan with no maintenance: 8-12 years
  • HVAC lifespan with little maintenance: 10-15 years
  • HVAC lifespan with some maintenance: 12-16 years
  • HVAC lifespan with regular maintenance: 15+ years

What’s the Deal with Maintenance?

Regular maintenance really can extend the life of your heating and cooling system. Why? Because a clean system that is calibrated and running as it should will have less wear and tear, less need for repair, and less friction to cause it to break down over time.

The basics of regular maintenance include:

  • Cleaning or replacing the air filter to prevent dirt and debris from getting pulled into the system
  • Inspecting and testing the thermostat to ensure proper functioning
  • Cleaning and lubricating all the moving parts to make sure they're moving smoothly
  • Testing and calibrating the cooling and heating components to make sure they're working as they should

Regular maintenance is one of the surest ways to give your HVAC unit a long and productive life. For the best maintenance agreement for a long life for your heating and cooling system, contact the team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.