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How Long Do Things Last?

How Long Do Things Last?

We are frequently asked how long things last.  Here are some general guidelines.  Of course, how long things last is a function of the initial quality of the item purchased, how often the unit or system is operated, how well you maintain the item, and most importantly, the quality of the installation.

Heating and Cooling

Air Conditioners (central)10-20 years
Air Conditioners (room)10 years
Air Quality Systems15 years
Attic Fans15-25 years
Boilers (electric)15 years
Boilers (gas)20-25 years
Dehumidifiers and Humidifiers8 years
Electric Radiant Heaters40 years
Furnaces15-20 years
Heat Exchangers15-25 years
Heat Pumps16 years
Heat Recovery Ventilators20 years
Thermostats20-30 years

Plumbing (Faucets, Fixtures and Appliances)

Dishwashers10 years
Faucets15-20 years
Garbage Disposers13 years
Shower Heads20-40 years
Toilets25-50 years
Sump Pumps5-10 years
Backup Sump Pump Batteries3-5 years
Backup Sump Pump Systems10-15 years
Water heaters (gas or electric)       10-15 years
Water heaters (tankless)15-25
Whirlpool Tubs15-20 years

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*Based on research conducted January - December 2017