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December 17, 2019
Making upgrades to your home’s HVAC system is a significant investment—one of the largest you will likely make as a homeowner—and you’ll rely heavily on your equipment when it comes to heating and cooling your Vacaville or Dixon home and providing year-round comfort for your family.
So it’s probably not surprising to learn that one of the first questions we’re often asked by Californians considering replacing their furnace, boiler, or air conditioning is, “How many years does a furnace usually last?” or “How long do gas furnaces last?”
If you’re looking to extend the life of your HVAC system, preventative maintenance and tune-ups are key—let’s take a look at the reasons why.
Average Lifespans for HVAC Systems
While the lifespan of your HVAC system will depend on the type of system you have (furnace, central air conditioning, heat pump, etc.) as well as the make and model, most systems will see an average lifespan of 15-25 years.
Here are the system averages, broken down by type:
Furnace life expectancy: 15–25 years
Air conditioner life expectancy: 12–15 years
Mini-split heat pump life expectancy: 10-15 years
How Can I Extend My HVAC System Lifespan?
You’ll notice that the above figures are all fairly broad ranges—that’s because there are a number of factors that play into how long your furnace or central air unit will last. All systems are being put to use under circumstances that are unique to the home they’re installed in.
But by far the number one thing homeowners can do to ensure their HVAC systems meet, or even exceed, the longer end of lifespan projections is through routine system maintenance and preventative care.
HVAC maintenance includes:
Changing air filters regularly
Checking refrigerant line insulation
Inspecting outdoor unit for debris and dirt
In addition to extending the life expectancy of your furnace or air conditioning, scheduling regular furnace maintenance means your HVAC systems will break down less, operate at higher efficiency, and reduce energy cost waste.
Enroll in Greiner’s Maintenance Value Plan
At Greiner, we strive to make heating and cooling as hassle-free as possible! With our Maintenance Value Plan, you’ll never have to remember to stay on top of HVAC maintenance again. For just $12.95 a month, Winters and Fairfield homeowners automatically get:
Two free tune-ups each spring and fall
Discounts on repair and diagnostic calls