Here in Cleveland, local residents rely heavily on their homes’ heating and cooling systems. They especially depend on their HVAC systems during the frigid winter months and during the hot summer days and nights.
HVAC systems apply to everybody. Everyone – homeowners and renters, individuals and families all need heat during the winter and cool air in the summer. When the heater breaks down in the middle of the winter, it needs to be repaired or replaced right away – the occupants of the home don’t want to stay awake all night shivering!
Same goes for the summer. Often, children are home from school and the family is home a lot more than during the school year. Also, with so many freelancers and remote workers these days, more people are working from their home offices and they too need their homes to be cool and comfortable so they can focus on their work.
Average Lifespan of HVAC Systems
Just like the roofing, plumbing, carpets, aluminum siding, and other materials used in a home, HVAC systems don’t last forever. Eventually, they’ll need to be replaced, but before that day comes, often a few simple repairs will get a malfunctioning HVAC system running smooth again.
So, how long should your heating and air conditioning system last? The latest heating and air conditioning units last longer than previous generations. Generally, the lifespan of a furnace or an air conditioning unit comes down to one thing – the unit’s chronological age.
How long do furnaces last? The average lifespan of a new furnace is 15 to 20 years. However, that doesn’t mean it will run smoothly for the next 20 years or so. Usually, the parts will not last that long and they will need to be replaced before the whole unit needs to be. Fortunately, it’s usually cheaper to repair a furnace than it is to replace the entire unit, unless there’s an issue with the heat exchanger – the most expensive component in a furnace.
How long do AC units last? Central air conditioners don’t last quite as long as furnaces. ACs usually last 10 to 15 years. If the AC does not properly match the cooling demands of the home, its life can be cut short. For example, if it’s too large for the home, it can “short-cycle” turning on and off continuously, placing too much wear on tear on the compressor – the most expensive part in the system. If the unit is over 10 years-old and the compressor is shot, it may be more cost-effective to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient model.
Do you need air conditioning repair in Cleveland? If so, contact Green Home Solutions for a free estimate today!