The attached pictures are of Trane equipment. The outdoor A/C unit was in installed in 1984 and has been in service for 31 years. The thermostat was installed 1977 and has been in service for over 38 years. Is this typical?
How long can I expect my A/C – HVAC Equipment to last? That is a very good question and can be challenging to answer.
But, here are some averages:
Condensing Unit – Outdoor A/C Unit = 15 years. (How much it is used and the environment it is in makes all the difference!)
Heat Pump – A/C Outdoor Unit = 12 years. (Double duty for heating and cooling your home.)
Thermostat = 5 years. (Who uses it? Home Owners, Children, Employees, the general public? They all make the difference!)
Gas Furnace = 18 years. ( Once again is determined by usage, environment and how it’s configured with the overall heating needs of the structure it is heating.)
Air Handler w/Electric Heat = 10 years for the electric heat strips and 18 years for the air handler it’s self. (How and where is it used, environment, set-up with heat pump or whether it is used with regular a/c unit all determine its life span.)
Manufactures typically give a life span of 12 to 15 years to most HVAC Equipment. The key to system longevity is regular maintenance by experienced HVAC professionals like A.I.R. llc. With proper care, your air conditioning system can last from 15 to 20 years; a gas furnace can run for up to 25 years.
> The information provided for average life spans of HVAC equipment came from ASHRAE Equipment Life Expectancy Chart and from leading manufacturers. <
The attached pictures are of a 30+-year old gas furnace with stamped-steel slotted burners. It appears the burners themselves have never been removed to be cleaned and therefore the orange colored flames are a by product of dirt and dust particles and possiblly incomplete combustion of the natural gas fuel. A proper flame color should be, dark blue at the bottom, light blue in the middle with a slight orange tip at the top. Yellow tips indicate an air starved flame emitting poisnous carbon monoxide and the gas furnace should be serviced immediately!
Verifying the gas pressure and cleaning the burners, along with a carbon monoxide test, are necessary on older gas furnaces to insure you have a safe envoirment for your family. A 26-point furnace check-up which includes the testing of the gas pressures and the carbon monoxide test should be perfromed every fall season. Oklahoma Natural Gas Co provides a $30 rebate for their cusotmers who have this service performed by a qualified contractor.
Give A.I.R. a call today at 405-618-2247 to have your furnace safe and ready for the winter season. And take advantage of the rebate offer by allowing us to prepare the rebate form for you!
A.I.R. services Choctaw, Harrah, Midwest City, Mcloud, Luther, Jones, Newalla and all of Eastern Oklahoma County.
In addition to residential heating and cooling services, A.I.R. installs and services light commercial heating and cooling systems.
The attached picture is of a recent installation of a Trane 4-ton Gas – A/C packaged system. The new Trane HVAC system replaced a 20 year old system that was no longer an asset to the company. In fact it had become a liability in the cost for seasonal repairs and in the amount of energy it was using to heat and cool the business.
After analyzing the information for the new system compared to keeping the old system. The company realized that the payback for the investment in the new system would be less than 7 years. After the 7 year period the energy and service savings would be added to the their longterm profit. And with a reliability and durablity of a new Trane system their customers and employees would be comfortable for years to come, as well!
If you have a need for light commercial HVAC service, please call (405)618-2247 today for a free quote or estimate to replace or repair your existing HVAC system. You may also visit airokc.com for additional imformation.
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that as much as 40% of the air flow from your Heating and Cooling System could be leaking out of your ductwork and not making it to your vents! Leaky ducts from loose duct, improper installation, pets, pests, dirt and improperly sized ductwork are some of the reasons!
Signals of potential ductwork issues include: cool and warm spots throughout the conditioned space, heating or cooling system runs all the time to keep the temperature consist in the structure, visible dirt on furniture just after being cleaned, mold around the vents, cool or warm air can be felt in the attice space or crawl space and or a moldy, damp smell is consistently present.
Your HVAC System is the biggest single energy consumer in a home.Which means you may be spending 40% too much in energy cost!
Call 405-618-2247 today and have your duct system inspected immediately.
Cracked Heat Exchanger in a gas furnace. A.I.R is committed to properly inspecting your heating system by using Oklahoma Natural Gas’s 26-point Heating System Checkup list. The checkup insures your system is operating safely and as designed with minimal energy waste. And A.I.R. will also conduct a video inspection of your heat exchanger for cracks and leaks to prevent carbon monoxide poison in your home – Free of Charge. ONG is offering a $30 rebate to all it’s customers for having the checkup performed by a licensed HVAC contractor. A.I.R. is a licensed and listed contractor for this service and will assist all customers in the preparation of the paperwork for a prompt rebate reimbursement. Call 405-618-2247 to schedule your 26-point checkup today for safety and savings! * ONG is offering the rebate $ until the allotted rebate funds are depleted. First come first serve basis will be used to determine who receives the rebate.