There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with time-consuming and costly HVAC system breakdowns. Plus, it always seems that your AC breaks down in the summer and your heater breaks down in the winter—right when you need them most.
Avoid these issues by taking care of your HVAC system. Properly maintained HVAC systems can lead long, powerful, and efficient lives.
There are several things homeowners and business owners can do to extend the life expectancy of their HVAC units. The smartest things you can do involve keeping your unit running at maximum efficiency—it will take less of toll on your unit over time, and keep your monthly bills low.
Tip #1: Replace Your Filters Regularly
The importance of clean filters cannot be overstated. Using clean filters truly is the number-one way to increase unit efficiency, avoid overworking your system, and extend your unit’s life.
Dirty filters block airflow and reduce the efficiency of your system, so to produce satisfactory airflow, your unit will start working harder. Overworking your unit will increase your energy bills, and cause unnecessary wear and tear.
It’s a good rule of thumb to check on your filters once a month, and The US Department of Energy recommends replacing your filter driers every month or two during busy season and less often during the offseason.
Tip #2: Schedule Routine Maintenance
Regular maintenance is essential to the health of any HVAC unit. During maintenance a technician will check to make sure everything is working properly, replace dirty filters and worn belts, and add lubricants and greases.
While paying for maintenance when your unit is running fine can seem like an unnecessary expense, it can end up saving you thousands of dollars over the years. Consider the savings when a potentially large problem is caught and mitigated in infancy during a regular checkup before it has the chance to cause serious damage.
A pro tip regarding maintenance is to schedule it during spring or fall. Winter and summer are the busiest seasons for HVAC repair companies—avoid having to wait for service by scheduling it when no one else is.
Tip #3: Clean Your Air Ducts
Duct cleaning is an underestimated way to prolong the life of an HVAC system. Ducts are the veins of the system—a heater that produces heat is useless without a mechanism for distributing that heat.
If your air ducts are clogged or allow poor ventilation, your system will work extra hard to try to circulate more air, decreasing your unit’s efficiency.
Tip #4: Clear Your Drain Lines
Clogged drain lines are an easy fix and don’t require help from a professional. Air conditioning produces condensate that needs to be drained somewhere. Check to make sure all indoor and outdoor drain lines are unclogged for an efficient system.
Clogged drain lines can support mold growth, greatly decrease your indoor air quality, and cause water damage in your home. Clearing your drain lines is simple and only requires a vacuum and a few common household supplies.
Tip #5: Set Your Thermostat Correctly
If you want your HVAC unit to have a long life, don’t use it when you don’t need it. Programmable thermostats can help tremendously, but are also a huge culprit in wasted energy consumption.
Programmable thermostats turn on automatically according to preset times—this means they turn on even during days and times when the weather isn’t particularly hot or cold.
Using your HVAC unit when you don’t need to will unnecessarily raise your bill and work your system when it could be resting.
Bonus Tip: Address Strange Noises
If you hear strange noises coming from your unit, do something about it! If your unit kicks on and you hear a loud pop, or it makes a continuous squealing noise, contact an HVAC technician to come diagnose the issue.
Some noises can be repaired with a simple, easy fix, but other noises can indicate a dangerous issue with your HVAC system that should be resolved ASAP. In any case it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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With proper care and attention HVAC systems can work efficiently for over 15 years. Some issues can be diagnosed and treated by the average homeowner, but other issues should be handled by a properly trained technician.
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