When you install an HVAC system, you’re making a significant investment in the comfort and functionality of your home. These systems keep you warm on chilly nights and cool you off during the many, many hot days Arizona serves up. One of the first questions on people’s minds is “What kind of HVAC life span can I expect?” Read on and find out.
Your HVAC System’s Life Expectancy
Your HVAC life span or expectancy depends on a few different factors: primarily, the type and quality of your system and the maintenance that it receives. If for instance, you install a system and do absolutely no maintenance, you might get 10-15 years out of it. Although, those years may not be optimal because efficiency and effectiveness suffers without regular maintenance.
If you do a little maintenance, you can stretch that out a few years. If you are diligent, your HVAC system can last in excess of 25 years. When it comes to home improvement, this is one of the best yielding investments you can make.
So, what kind of maintenance are we talking about? If you want to get the most out of your system, do the following:
- Change your filter every one to three months. A dirty filter impairs your system’s ability to cool/heat efficiently, decreases air quality, and puts you at risk for expensive HVAC repair bills (such as freeze-ups).
- Keep the outside unit free of leaves, dirt, and other debris.
- Check your refrigerant lines about once a month. Replace refrigerant insulation as needed.
- Schedule seasonal servicing. It’s best if you do this in the spring and fall to prepare for more extreme weather.
Contact an El Mirage HVAC maintenance specialist at R&R Refrigeration to keep your system working in top condition for as long as possible. With proper upkeep, you won’t need to worry about your HVAC for decades.