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how long do heating and cooling systems last

When was the last time you wondered when your heating and cooling system was going to quit for good? You’re not alone – most homeowners know when their systems are getting older. And we’re all trying to get the most use out of them that we can. But how long do heating and cooling systems last? Is there a typical lifespan?

In short, yes and no. You can typically expect to get more than 10 and fewer than 20 years out of your heating and cooling unit. But there are several factors that will affect the lifespan of your system.

How Long Do Heating and Cooling Systems Last? 3 Major Factors

1. Maintenance

We almost don’t need to write this section. Yes, the quality of maintenance you provide your system with will affect its lifespan. Yes, the frequency of maintenance makes a difference.

How many years you’ll gain through proper maintenance is hard to pin down. However, it’s a proven fact that well-maintained systems work more effectively for longer on average, just like any machine.

In addition, keep the area free of debris and change your air filters regularly.

2. Installation

How long do heating and cooling systems last? Well, how well your system is installed can make or break its lifespan. The same make and model installed poorly or incorrectly will not last as long or run as efficiently as one that is. For that reason, make sure you get your heating and cooling system installed by a licensed, experienced, and trusted heating and air professional. Properly placed and sealed ductwork and vents are also key – it doesn’t stop with the outdoor unit.

In addition, you’ll want to ask questions throughout the process. Be curious! It’ll be a signal to your installer that you’re paying attention. And they may be more conscientious in their work as a result.

(As an alternative, you can ask Dale’s Heating & Air to do your installation. Our installers are always experienced and conscientious.)

3. Brand

Generally, some brands last longer and have a higher performance level than others. However, a system’s lifespan is really going to be determined by your needs, how well it was installed, and how well it is maintained. Different systems will perform at a higher level than others depending on several factors. Ask your heating and air pro to explain the differences to you. That way, you can make an informed choice.

Just Call Dale’s Heating & Air

Need help figuring out if it’s time to replace your heating and cooling system? Maybe you’ve noticed a drop-off in performance and efficiency. Just Call Dale’s at (423) 509-8787 or fill out our appointment form online today. We’d love to help you!