Should You Replace Your Equipment?

Delaying the replacement of your heating and cooling equipment can cost more in the long run. Postponing the inevitable will usually result in costly repairs, maintenance and higher utility bills.

This guide shows the average life expectancy of common HVAC equipment.

Heating & Air Conditioning Life Expectancy In Years.
Low High Average
Fans, ceiling 7 18 13
Air conditioners, room 7 16 12
Air conditioners, unitary 8 19 13
Humidifiers 8 13 10
Furnace, electric 9 20 14
Furnace, gas 11 23 17
Furnace, oil 13 23 18
Portable heaters 8 13 11
Heat pumps 8 21 14
Dehumidifiers 9 13 11
Room heaters, vented gas 7 28 13
Room heaters, un-vented gas 13 23 18
Water heaters, electric 6 21 14
Water heaters, gas 5 13 9

Source: “23rd Annual Portrait of the U.S. Appliance Industry”, Appliance Magazine, September 2000.