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  • Houses are built to last a lifetime, but certain components wear out periodically and will need to be replaced on a fairly regular time cycle.

  • The following life cycles are not personal opinions, but are based upon the individual manufacturers suggested service-life of these components. The life-expectancy of some components may vary with the severity of the local weather, the design, the type and quality of the original components, the quality of the installation, and the level of maintenance that the component has received.

  • Also, please remember that these components and systems are like people: some fail early in life and some last much longer than we ever thought possible.

 

Air Conditioning Years

1.

Compressors 6-12

2.

Blowers / Fans 10-15

3.

Heat Pump / Condenser (the outside unit) 8-15

 

   

 

Heating Years

4.

Forced-Air, Gas Furnace 15-20

5.

Electric Furnaces

(Heating Elements may need periodic replacement)

20-25

6.

Electric Baseboard Heaters 10-15

7.

Gas Boilers (Cast Iron) 30-60

8.

Gas Boilers (Steel) 20-35

9.

Radiators / Expansion Tanks 30-45

 

   

 

Plumbing Systems Years

10.

Hot Water Heaters 10-15

11.

Galvanized Water Supply Lines

(With spot replacement of some sections)

35-65

12.

Copper Water Supply Lines 60-100

13.

Plastic Supply Lines (PVC, CPVC, ABS, PEX) ?

14.

Cast Iron Drain Lines 45-90

15.

Copper Drain Lines 50-100

16.

Plastic Drain Lines (PVC, ABS) ?

17.

Builders Grade Faucets, etc. 20-30

18.

Builders Grade Tubs, Toilets, Sinks, etc. 35-50

 

   

 

Appliances Years

19.

Garbage Disposal 5-10

20.

Dishwasher 10-15

21.

Gas Ranges, Ovens & Cook-Tops 20-35

22.

Electric Ranges, Ovens & Cook-Tops 15-25

23.

Built-In Microwave 5-10

24.

Trash Compactor 6-12

25.

Refrigerator 10-20

26.

Humidifiers (with regular maintenance) 5-10

27.

Laundry Equipment (Washers/Dryers) 10-20

 

   

 

Roofing / Guttering Years

28.

Aluminum / Galvanized Gutters (if well maintained)

15-25

29.

Composition Shingle Roof (1st layer of roofing)

16-20

30.

Composition Shingle Roof (2nd roof on top of existing shingles) 12-16

31.

Roll Roofing (composition) 6-10

32.

Wood Shake Roofing 15-20

33.

Wood Shingle Roofing 14-18

34.

Slate Roofing

(depends on type of slate and quarry they came from)

45-150

35.

Clay/Tile/Concrete Roofing 30-50

36.

Metal Roofing

(as long as kept from rusting)

35-70

 

   

 

Interior Years

37.

Paint (Wall, Ceiling, Trim) 5-10

38.

Drywall (Walls & Ceilings) 50-?

39.

Plaster (Walls & Ceilings) 60-90

40.

Ceramic Tile:

Wet Bead

Mastic Bead

-

45-80

15-20

41.

Carpeting 10-12

 

   

 

Exterior Years

42.

Exterior Paint 5-10

43.

Wood Decks 12-16

44.

Aluminum Siding 25-40

45.

Vinyl Siding 30-45

46.

Hardboard / Composition Siding

(depends on moisture entry)

15-40

47.

T-111, Wood or Plywood 20-40

48.

Stucco (Hardcoat Conventional) 60+

 

   

 

Wells & Septic Systems Years

49.

Well Pumps, Tanks, Sumps 15-25

50.

Septic Leaching Fields

(depends on factors such as regular maintenance)

10-50

51.

Concrete Septic Tank 20-40

52.

Steel Septic Tank 15-30