What is the average life expectancy of a heat pump?
Generally, the average life-span of units built in the 1970s and 1980s is about 15 years, but individual units may vary and last much longer depending on use and how well they are maintained. An ARI survey showed average heat pump life to be about 14 years when recommended maintenance procedures were followed.
Many homeowners decide to replace it after about 10-15 years for a new, more efficient model. In the long-run, replacing the system every 15-20 years (most systems' average life expectancy) is more economical in terms of maintenance fees and energy bills.
- Generally, the average life-span of units built in the 1970s and 1980s is about 15 years, but individual units may vary and last much longer depending on use and how well they are maintained. An ARI survey showed average heat pump life to be about 14 years when recommended maintenance procedures were followed.
- Based on the manufacturer's suggested service life, the life expectancy of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years. That varies with the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule and water quality.
- Central air conditioners typically last from 12 to 15 years. The lifespan of a central cooling unit may be reduced if its capacity is not properly matched to the cooling load of the home. Oversized air conditioners “short-cycle,” turning on and off rapidly, inflicting excessive wear and tear on the compressor.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems require proper and regular maintenance in order to work efficiently, but even in the best case scenarios most components of such systems only last 15 to 25 years. Furnaces on average last 15-20 years, heat pumps 16 years, and air conditioning units 10-15 years.
- Average Prices for Electric Furnaces
Electric Furnace Brand Estimated Furnace Cost Estimated Installation Cost Trane $1,130 $2,265 Lennox $1,145 $2,420 American Standard $1,165 $2,457 Average Furnace Cost $665 $1,950
- However, new certifications last only two years. To renew the certification, you undergo 16 continuing-education hours and apply for recertification. The previous requirement was 60 hours. An alternative is to retake the certification exam before your certification expires.
- Most vinyl windows last between 20 and 40 years on average. Windows installed in an area exposed to the bright sun for most of the day will not last as long. Heat can also play a role in window deterioration, so hot climates might require more frequent window replacement.
Updated: 2nd October 2019