How Long Does The Average Home Furnace Last?

Everything in this world seems to have an expiration date. If something is expensive or important, prolonging its lifespan is vital. There are also some important things at home that are worth using for a long time, like a furnace. But, are you aware about the expected lifespan of an average furnace?

How Long will an average Furnace last?

One question you probably hear constantly is, “how long an average furnace lasts? This question is difficult to answer because of the many factors that affect the lifespan of an average furnace.

The issue with trying to presume the lifespan of your furnace is that many heaters do not show many indications of issues before they stop working completely. The perfect way to avoid stress of an emergency replacement is to start getting ready to purchase a new one as the old one approach the ends of its expected lifespan.

In general, an average lifespan of a furnace is 16 and 20 years. Of course, this average varies based how the unit is used, quality of the furnace and how it is kept. Also, it is dependent on the particular kind of furnace, with a forced air system that comes with a heat pump. This lasts for about 15 years while the oil or gas fueled model could last up to 18 years of using. If your furnace is over twenty five years old, sooner or later it will start malfunctioning, this time you have to begin buying a new one.

Factors that Affect the Lifespan of the Furnace

The factors which affect the lifespan of your furnace include:

  • Model and brand of the unit- newer units have longer lifespan opposed to older units
  • Quality and frequency of unit maintenance
  • Proper ventilation and moisture levels
  • Proper installation

As you see, lots of factors play an important role in the lifespan of your furnace. No single factor will be able to show you how long the furnace will last (tune-ups, age, installation and humidity level)

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