HVAC systems are typically expected to last about 10 to 15 years. Extending the life of an HVAC system can be done by taking a few simple proactive steps that can help ensure the unit runs as long as possible. Follow these tips to extend the life of your HVAC system.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Scheduling routine maintenance will keep a heating and cooling system running well and will result in lower utility costs.
Various types of home maintenance are important in order to keep things running in tip top shape, and HVAC system maintenance can be easily added to your upkeep routine. Having a trained professional come and inspect the entire HVAC system once a year ensures it’s running at peak efficiency. During this yearly maintenance checkup, a qualified technician will check the condenser coils and evaporator, test refrigerant levels, look for leaks, inspect the blower, check lubrication of moving parts, and check drains and test controls.
Change the Air Filter
Extending the life of an HVAC system can also be achieved by doing a little regular maintenance on your own. Changing the air filter is easy, and it’s also important because having a dirty air filter can lead to system malfunction. The air filter catches dust, dirt and debris before it can get into the HVAC system, which will help to avoid overheating and parts malfunction. A clean air filter also ensures improved air quality.
Clean the Outdoor Unit
Dust, dirt and debris on and around the outdoor HVAC unit can cause all sorts of damage. These elements can cause build up on the condenser coil and block airflow through the unit. Simply conduct a regular inspection of the outdoor component, sweeping it off when you see debris build up. You can also clean it easily with the hose. In addition, it’s a wise idea to remove plants or vegetation from around the unit.
Extending the life of an HVAC system is actually quite easy with just a few steps. Contact Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. for more information or to schedule your yearly HVAC unit inspection.
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