Ideally, you want your HVAC system to last as long as the machine’s engine can run. The lifespan of a typical modern HVAC system is about twelve years, fifteen if you are really lucky. However, many systems fail before their time and in most cases, it isn’t because the heating and air conditioning unit is defective, but because the homeowner didn’t take the necessary steps to make sure the system was maintained. Usually, you can’t simply install an HVAC system, close the cabinet and say good riddance – you need to pay extra close attention to your HVAC unit. This requires getting tune-ups and taking other steps to make sure your unit is maintained. Here are five ways for homeowners to maximize the life of their HVAC system.
- Change the filter on a regular basis. This should be at the top of every homeowner’s priority list. In fact, you should make it your mantra to change the filter on a regular basis so it might be helpful to set yourself a reminder to change them every 3-6 months. If you don’t change the filter regularly, you will risk causing your system to work inefficiently and it can cause the quality of the unit to degrade over time. When the filter is dirty, it causes the whole system to work on overdrive so always be sure to have a few back-up filters on hand.
- Make sure that there isn’t any major debris in the fan blades. If you have a heat pump system, you probably have an outdoor unit with a fan that draws in the air. If that fan gets debris inside it, like leaves, twigs and even small branches, it could cause a blade to break or crack. A single cracked blade can even cause your whole system to break down so try and remember to clean out the fan unit whenever you can.
- Clean the condenser coils regularly. Your air conditioner has condenser coils inside of it that collects the water and turns it into cool air for your home but over time, it can become quite dirty and covered with detritus. Every few months, you’ll want to turn off your entire unit and then clean off the condenser coils. If you don’t, it could cause the entire HVAC system to back up and could even cause damage to the motor which would really be detrimental.
- Have your HVAC system inspected regularly. It is also important to look for commercial HVAC services in your community and hire a technician to inspect your system on a regular basis. A professional HVAC technician will have the skills and the know-how to make sure your unit is in optimal working condition. If the technician sees any issues, he or she will be sure to fix it. Ideally, you want to have a check-up scheduled with a technician every year.
- Be aware of strange sounds and smells. Simply being aware is one of the best ways to maximize the life of your HVAC system. If you notice any issues, like strange odors coming from your HVAC system, you’ll want to have the problem fixed right away. In the end, the longer certain issues go on, the worse they will become – and the more money you will spend to have the issues rectified.