How to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System
The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Cooling or HVAC system that you’ve installed in your house ensures comfort and clean air indoors for the entire family. It’s also probably one of the costliest systems in your home. So it only makes sense that you’d want to get the most out of it before it starts to show any wear, and prolong its life expectancy, if possible. The good news is that there are several things that you can do in order to achieve this.
Below are a few things that you can try:
1. Change air filters regularly.
Probably the easiest thing that you can do with your HVAC system, changing its air filters should be done every 1 to 6 months. The interval between each replacement varies per household, with those having pets recommended to change their filters more frequently than those who don’t. By changing the air filters, you’re decreasing the chance of any particles making their way onto the heating/cooling coils, which can clog them and cause the system to become overworked. A system that is NOT overworked can last longer than one that is.
2. Test and clean the motor.
Similar to how car owners take care of their vehicles by checking on the engine regularly, testing and cleaning the HVAC system’s motor can work wonders for its longevity. This ensures early detection of possible motor problems that could cause your entire system to shut down if left unresolved. Cleaning the motor from time to time also makes it run more efficiently, which translates to a more effective HVAC system.
3. Check for leaks.
Leaks can cause your energy and utility bills to increase, so checking for leaks especially in the ductwork should be done at least annually. Additionally, any leaks might lead to more physical cracking, which could damage your entire HVAC system in the long run if left by unchecked.
4. Have a professional do a thorough check at least once annually.
Unless you yourself are professionally trained, have an expert do a thorough check on your system once annually. This way, all components can be checked, and any impending problems addressed before they become irreparable. An HVAC system that is regularly maintained and thoroughly checked can last longer than average, and save you tons in replacement and repair expenses that usually come with systems that have not been cared for at all.
More than just regularly changing the air filters, which come in different air filter sizes, proper maintenance is the key to preventing unwanted problems and expenses in the future due to malfunction or wear and tear. Not only that, but by keeping it in tip top shape, you’re also providing your family with the gift of comfort, as well as cleaner and healthier air to breathe indoors.