All commercial facilities have their own unique set of heating and cooling needs, and thus require unique HVAC systems–which have different expected lifespans–to meet those needs. In this blog, heating and air conditioning contractor M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. shares an overview of the life expectancies of commercial HVAC systems.
All heating and cooling systems have an expected lifespan which may differ from its actual lifespan due to factors such as the quality of its components, the amount of daily usage and whether or not it receives regular care and maintenance. HVAC contractors like us agree that commercial HVAC systems typically last between 15 and 25 years.
We’ve seen commercial HVAC systems that can exceed their expected 25-year lifespan thanks to property owners and managers who are diligent with scheduled maintenance. All types of HVAC systems, whether a central air conditioning unit or individual mini splits, are subject to daily wear. Therefore, it only follows that they need regular maintenance. The following is a summary of HVAC lifespans in relation to the amount of maintenance they receive:
No maintenance — 15 to 18 years
Minimal maintenance — 18 to 20 years
Some maintenance — 20 to 25 years
High maintenance — 25 years or more
“High maintenance” typically includes regular inspections, air filter replacement and duct cleaning every three to five years. If your contractor offers a scheduled maintenance agreement, we recommend signing up for it.
Other Factors That Affect the Lifespan of Commercial HVAC Systems
Type — Some heaters and air conditioners last longer than others. A two-stage AC, for example, lasts longer because they’re more resistant to short-cycling.
Installation — Choosing the right HVAC contractor is crucial, especially when you’re having a new HVAC system installed. Faulty installation can cause emergency downtimes that may cost you or your tenants revenue. It can also shorten the HVAC system’s lifespan.
Wear and Tear — We’ve mentioned daily wear as one of the factors that affect HVAC lifespan. It may not be as obvious, but HVAC systems consist of many moving parts that, the more often they’re used, the faster they get worn out. Commercial HVAC systems in very hot or very cold regions tend to get worn out faster.
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