What Is the Life Expectancy of Your Building’s HVAC?

April 26, 2016


Keep your building’s HVAC system running smoothly with these commercial HVAC tips.

As a facility manager, one of your responsibilies is to ensure the HVAC system keeps your facility at an optimum temperature. How can you get the most from your building’s HVAC system and how long can you expect the system to last?

Average Life Expectancy of Commercial HVAC System

The life of an HVAC system depends on many factors. In general, a commerical HVAC system has an average life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. A central air conditioning unit can last up to 15 years and a heating furnace has a life expectancy of about 20 years, assuming that they have been properly maintained. Several factors that an HVACs functioning depends on include:

  • the model
  • the manufacturer
  • current age
  • maintenance history
  • the size of the facility

Regular maintenance is one of the most important factors that can prolong the life of an HVAC system. A system that is regularly serviced will perform better, with fewer breakdowns and repairs.

Prolong the HVACs Life

1. Regular maintenance –Lack of maintenance is the number one reason why any HVAC system will die out before its time. Every machine needs regular maintenance. If an HVAC system is not regularly serviced, it must work harder and will be less efficient.

2. Replacement time – Once an HVAC is nearing its tenure, it may regularly start needing repairs. Consider replacing the system to avoid an increase in maintenance and utilities costs.

3. Usage – Each HVAC model is different depending upon its capacity. The capacity of an HVAC system depends on the size of the area it needs to heat or cool. Installing a smaller capacity HVAC for a larger area will prove to be less efficient from day one and will cost more money.

4. Avoid self-maintenance – Sometimes an HVAC system requires minor servicing. Avoid any attempts at repairing or trouble shooting on your own. Always work with a professional St. Louis commercial HVAC technician for maintenance and repairs.

5. Proper consultation – If you are purchasing a new system, consult a St. Louis HVAC technician about seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) ratings to get the best HVAC solution for your budget.

Contact a St. Louis HVAC Company

If a commercial HVAC system is maintained well, the system will keep the building comfortable and will keep the utility bills lower for many years. For more information, contact Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788.