4 Tips to Extend Your HVAC’s Lifespan
Your HVAC can be one of the most expensive systems in your home. With this in mind, it is best to maximize its functionality to get a good return on your investment. Without care, your HVAC can’t live up to its intended lifespan.
Even if it lasts, a poorly maintained HVAC does not function optimally. You cannot rely on it to keep your home comfortable. Below are four tips to keep your HVAC running efficiently for a long time.
1. Change the Air Filters
HVACs pull air from a room and heat or warm it before releasing it. As the HVAC pulls in air, it passes through the filters, which trap any particles in the air, keeping them from blocking the evaporator coils and blower.
Over time, dust, fur, pollen, dander, and other debris accumulate in your HVAC’s filters. When this happens, the filters cannot work properly. Dust and debris can make it harder to produce the same amount of warm or cool air as before.
The strain on your HVAC eventually lowers its lifespan. However, you can avoid this if you replace your dirty air filters. Change your filters every one to three months, depending on how dirty they are.
2. Clean the Air Ducts
When dirt and debris accumulate in your HVAC filters, they eventually find their way to your air ducts. The build-up of dirt and debris on your air ducts restricts airflow in your HVAC. When to clean your air ducts depends on various factors.
Consider cleaning your air ducts if:
● There is visible mold growth on your HVAC components
● You notice your HVAC releasing particles into the air
● If there is a pest infestation on your air ducts
Mold growth in an HVAC is usually the result of a moisture problem. Therefore, as you clean your air ducts, ask your HVAC contractor to check for leaks. Changing your filters will prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris in your HVAC. In the case of a pest infestation, have a pest exterminator get rid of the pests and block any access areas into your air ducts.
3. Schedule Regular Maintenance Service
Sure, your HVAC May last several years without maintenance. But, it will not function effectively and will likely fail before the end of its lifespan. If your goal is to keep your HVAC functioning optimally for as long as possible, schedule routine preventive maintenance at least once a year.
Routine HVAC maintenance allows you to spot and repair issues and replace worn components before they compromise your HVAC’s functionality. Your HVAC technician cleans the HVAC during maintenance, changes dirty filters, lubricates the system, and replenishes refrigerant levels.
These services keep your HVAC running without straining its components, helping it last longer.
4. Avoid Overworking Your HVAC
If your HVAC runs constantly, it sustains wear and tear quickly. To prevent unnecessary wear and tear, only use your HVAC when necessary. Keep your blinds closed during summer to reduce sunlight getting into the home. You may also reinsulate your home to prevent energy loss.
The auto setting on your HVAC also keeps the system from overworking. When the auto setting is off, your HVAC fan constantly runs, consuming a lot of energy and causing your HVAC components to wear. The auto settings only turn on the fan when the HVAC is on, thus preventing unnecessary functioning.
If you have decided to be proactive in maintaining your HVAC, you need professional help. At Jennings Heating, we help you give your HVAC system the care it needs to keep it running for years. Contact us today to schedule routine HVAC maintenance and repair services in Northeast Ohio.