4 Must-Complete Tasks to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system isn’t cheap, so it’s a good thing it was built to last you between 15-20 years. Let’s rephrase that. Your HVAC system should work properly for up to two decades as long as you take care of it. This means performing routine maintenance tasks and giving it a little TLC:
Stay Up On Your Air Filter Schedule
Did you know that obstructed air filters are the main reason HVAC systems fail? And you know what else? Keeping them clean literally only takes minutes every few months. So in exchange for 20 minutes of your time per year you can save yourself a lot of hassle and money by preventing damage to your system. And with our air filter subscription service, it doesn’t get any easier to remember when it’s time to switch them out: They will show up on your doorstep.
Remember To Get Your Annual Check
Annual checkups aren’t just for you; they are important for your HVAC system too. Every year you should have a professional come out to clean your ducts, check your system for leaks, and ensure it is properly draining any condensation buildup. It may seem expensive at the time, but trust us, it’s a miniscule amount compared to the cost of a repair if you ignore it—not to mention it could become a fire hazard.
Give Your System a Break
When you are in the dead heat of summer or the coldest part of winter, it’s common to run your HVAC system around the clock. But just like how your computers and televisions work better when they get turned off periodically, you need to give your system a rest. You can either turn if off when you leave town for the weekend, or adjust the thermostat a few degrees up in the summer or down in the winter. That will give it just the break it needs to operate at its best.
Pay Attention to the Outdoor Unit
You may need to hire a pro to inspect the inside of your system, but you can easily keep tabs on the outside of it yourself. After a big dust storm, check the unit for dirt and debris, and once a year, give it a deep cleaning. The Family Handyman has step-by-step instructions on how to do this safely and effectively—and all you need is a screwdriver, rubber gloves, electric motor oil, and a Shop-Vac.
When you think about it, your HVAC system is responsible for keeping your family alive—especially if you live somewhere with extreme temperatures. So it’s safe to say it deserves a little extra attention to make sure it functions like it should, while saving you money along the way.
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