Is a 30-Year Lifespan Possible for an HVAC System?
This is a common question, but unfortunately, it’s also a common misconception. Your device is unlikely to need replacement after 30 years of use. However, if you follow a regular preventive maintenance program and operate it correctly, you’ll significantly increase the chances of keeping the same device for about 15 years. Check out our tips on how to achieve this.
Regular maintenance prevents wear and tear. Our experts will inspect if the air filters are clogged, clean the condenser coils, and identify any damaged or worn-out components in the HVAC unit. You might not have noticed that your system is working fine before needing repairs, but professional technicians often can identify and address issues before they become costly repairs. It’s worth noting that even with scheduled maintenance visits, things can unexpectedly go wrong, and parts might suddenly break.
Whatever the reason for your appointment, our technicians go the extra mile for our customers because that’s what we do for our own families. If possible, you should schedule preventive maintenance at least twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall.
Regularly replace air filters. You should also prioritize replacing your air filter monthly, especially if you have pets at home, to maintain healthy airflow. If your air filter gets clogged, your equipment will have to work harder to heat or cool your home. A dirty air filter also means dirty air circulating in your house, while your loved ones should be breathing clean air every day.
Overworking the equipment can lead to damage. Even a well-maintained HVAC system can only do so much. If you misuse it or run it improperly, you risk shortening its lifespan. Make sure you avoid some common mistakes and overusing your equipment unknowingly:
You shouldn’t heat or cool your home with doors and windows open. This means you shouldn’t let warm air enter your home when your HVAC system is already working to cool it down.
Even with doors and windows closed, poorly sealed ones can still leak hot or cold air. This makes it harder to maintain a stable indoor temperature, more expensive, and puts more strain on your equipment than necessary.
Ensure you don’t block ventilation outlets in every room in an attempt to save energy. This is a myth. In fact, closing one or more vents can actually make your equipment work harder, leading to higher energy costs and eventual repairs over time.
Avoid wasting money on repairs. If your equipment needs repairs every few months, it might be time to replace it. However, there could be an underlying issue causing multiple minor repairs. If it’s not cooling properly, making strange noises, leaking, or causing a spike in your electricity bill even after multiple repairs, it’s likely time for a new unit.
In the long run, you’ll save more money by not gradually wasting it on various repairs. It’s crucial to work with an expert who knows your HVAC equipment inside out, can accurately pinpoint the root of the problems, and provide professional solutions.
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