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Dec 20 2016

How Long Will My Furnace and Air Conditioner Last?


Has your air conditioner been making more noise lately? Or perhaps the furnace is having more difficulty turning on and off as expected. Do you know how old the systems are? These units are often taken for granted, silently keeping our home comfortable while blocking out the worst of the heat and cold. However, they do have a limited lifespan and you may have to face the reality that they might need replacement rather than repair.

Air Conditioners Are Good for At Least 10 Years

Central air conditioning systems should last at least 10 years before needing expensive repairs or replacement. With proper maintenance, you should be able to extend that number up to 15 years. The key to ensuring your unit lasts as long as possible is ensuring that the filter is changed on a regular basis and that the coils, vents and compressor are cleaned up any dust build-up at least twice a year. Outside, keep the exterior unit clear of leaves and debris for best possible air flow. When the unit does not receive maintenance it will become clogged resulting in the compressor working too hard and failing earlier than it should.

Furnaces Last Longer

Once again, it's all about the maintenance, but your furnace should be able to provide heat for about 20 years before the cost of repair outweighs the cost for replacement. Many parts such as pumps, electronic ignition and valves can be replaced repeatedly before the main burner or heat exchanger fails. If the unit is ill-sized for the home it is servicing, it will have to turn on and off more often which can shorten its lifespan. Let Comfort Services maintain your unit with regular maintenance check-ups before the heating season begins to help extend the life of this expensive part of your home.
Comfort Services in Columbia, SC can provide the regular maintenance and repairs for your air conditioning and heating systems to help you extend the life of the units as long as possible, reducing the cost of owning your home. Contact us today!

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