When you invest in a gas furnace for your Austin home, you should expect to receive many years of reliable service from your system. But how long can your gas furnace last in our climate? It depends on several of the following factors.
Average expected lifespan: Gas furnaces can operate between 12 to 15 years. Outside factors will most certainly affect the expected lifespan of your system. The more effort you put into keeping your gas furnace working efficiently, the more likely your equipment will last longer.
As your system comes to the end of its lifespan, it may start breaking down and malfunctioning more often. The behavior of your equipment, in combination with its age, should help you determine if replacement is needed.
Quality of equipment: Higher quality systems may last longer than less expensive ones. As with any other product, cheaper HVAC systems can wear out quicker than top-quality name-brand systems. If you buy mid-range or top-of-the-line equipment, you’ll likely get more service out of it.
Usage patterns: Running your gas furnace frequently or at a higher temperature may reduce your equipment’s expected lifespan.
Regular maintenance: Regular preventive maintenance is the key to a gas furnace’s longevity. Have your HVAC system inspected and serviced regularly by a qualified heating professional. Preventive maintenance should be performed annually and also include a detailed inspection of your system and functional components.
During the heating season, check your air filters at the very least once a month and change them when they get dirty as they can shorten your system’s lifespan and cause malfunctions and breakdowns.
Airco provides professional HVAC installation and maintenance services to residential customers in Austin and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information about your home’s gas furnace and for an expert assessment on how long your heating system should last.
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