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What is the Lifespan of Your Commercial HVAC System?

What is the Lifespan of Your Commercial HVAC System?

Commercial heating and cooling systems (HVAC) play a significant role in keeping your customers and employees happy. If it’s too hot or too cold in the building, it can adversely affect customer satisfaction, employee productivity, and your bottom line. And as with most business expenses, you want to get your money’s worth from your system by ensuring it lasts as long as possible.

So, how long do HVAC systems last? On average, a commercial HVAC system can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years, but that lifespan depends on several factors. The type of HVAC system, the quality of its installation, and the level of maintenance it receives can all play a role in its durability.

HVAC System Type

One of the most important, if not THE most important, factors that determine the lifespan of a commercial HVAC system is the type of system it is. For example, if your HVAC system is too small for the area it’s meant to cover, it will work too hard and burn itself out. Alternatively, if the system is too big, it will frequently turn on and off, resulting in higher energy costs and faster system deterioration.

HVAC Installation

Another important factor that can affect a commercial HVAC system’s lifespan is the installation’s quality. A poorly installed system is more likely to break down or malfunction and have a shorter lifespan than a system installed correctly. This is why choosing a reputable contractor with a proven track record of quality installations is critical to extending its heating and air conditioning lifespan.

HVAC Maintenance

The level of maintenance your commercial HVAC system receives will also significantly impact its lifespan. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and changing filters, will help prolong a system’s life by keeping it running efficiently and preventing damage. In addition, regular inspections can help to catch potential problems before they become larger issues. We recommend servicing your unit quarterly and having full inspections performed at the beginning of the spring and fall seasons.

Keep Your HVAC in Good Health

As you can see, the lifespan of a commercial HVAC system can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. With the right system, proper installation, and regular maintenance, your commercial HVAC system can last 10 to 25 years. Contact us if you want to help your commercial HVAC system live up to its full potential!


Founded in 2004, DMC Service, Inc. is proud of our decades-plus service to the Kansas City Metro and beyond. Based out of Olathe, we are a 100% woman-owned business with Karen Crnkovich at the helm as President and “Chief Hand-Shaker.” Karen leads the DMC Service team with unwavering passion and enthusiasm to fulfill our purpose: To keep people comfortable, safe and healthy.