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A Replacement Guide for Your HVAC & Plumbing Appliances

  • November 16, 2023
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How do you know when it’s time to replace household equipment?

We know it’s hard to budget for an unexpected home emergency, like a broken A/C unit, in the summer. Thankfully, home appliance manufacturers provide an estimated life expectancy for their machines which can help you plan ahead for when a replacement is needed. However, finding the life expectancy for those appliances can be a hassle, and most homes consist of several different machines and appliances that positively contribute to our lives.

With the help of the HVAC and Plumbing professionals at Atlas Butler, we’ve compiled a list of the average life expectancy of your home’s HVAC and Plumbing equipment in order to keep your homes comfortable and these appliances in peak condition.

HVAC System

  • Furnace: The average life expectancy for a furnace is usually between 12-15 years. However, many manufacturers include a 10-year parts only warranty, which can extend its efficiency and life expectancy.
  • A/C Units: Despite being one of the most frequently used machines on this list, air conditioning units have one of the shortest life expectancies, between 10 and 13 years.
  • Heat Pumps: Due to heat pumps operating throughout the year, the average life expectancy for a heat pump in Ohio is between 10 and 12 years.
  • Clean Air Filtration Systems: There are several air filtration systems on the market with varied shelf lives across brands and products. Atlas Butler recommends contacting a trusted professional to determine your machine’s estimated life expectancy and overall health.

Plumbing Fixtures

  • Water Heaters: Depending on the type of water heater currently in your home, you can have drastically different life expectancies. You can expect a gas or electric heater to last around 10 years. On average, tankless water heaters last twice as long when properly maintained per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Sump Pumps: With proper maintenance, on average, your sump pump can last between 7-10 years. However, that time decreases based on the proximity to flooding and the rate of occurrence.
  • Garbage Disposals: While running your garbage disposal at least once a week is recommended, this limited use does little to improve its life expectancy, which is anywhere from 8 to 15 years.
  • Water Purification Systems: Similar to clean air filtration systems, the life expectancy of your system can vary based on the product and brand. On average, water purification systems last 15 years.

To learn more about the average life expectancy of your home’s appliances or to schedule a replacement consultation, call Atlas Butler 24/7 at 1-800-FURNACE to speak with a representative or visit

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