4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

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Replacing an HVAC unit can get rather pricey; but, let’s face it – if it needs to be replaced, we won’t hesitate to hand over the money because we feel it’s a need, and there’s only a very slim chance that someone is going to say no to replacing their HVAC unit during the hot month of July. When the dreaded time comes to replace the unit, it’s nice to know that you were at least able to use the unit for its full life expectancy. So how do you do that? Fortunately, there are a number of simple ways to prolong the life of your unit.

4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

1. Clean and/or Replace the Air Filters

When the air filters are clogged in an HVAC unit, the unit needs to work harder to push the energy through. Sometimes the amount of dust/dirt can even stop the coating of the coils within the system which reduces the heat and cold air drastically. Most professionals suggest replacing your air filter at least every three months, although, there are just as many professionals who claim that the filters should at least be checked every month and given a rinse just to be on the safe side. In some certain cases – such as pets, children, or asthmatic people in the house – they may require more regular checks.

2. Keep the Outside Area of the Unit Clear

4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC Unit

Make sure that there is no shrubbery that is protruding over or onto your unit outside. If greenery is getting entwined within your unit, you have the possibility of letting in outdoor germs, air, dust, and bugs; and also run the risk of something getting stuck within the unit and blocking airflow.

3. Schedule a Tune-Up

As with anything in your home, it’s a good idea to have a professional technician do their thing. Scheduling a tune-up with a technician is a good way to make sure that your unit is functioning properly and to nip any issues in the bud. Del-Air Heating & Cooling offers a variety of tune-up packages tailored to your specific needs.

4. Pay Attention 

The old adage, “See something, say something,” also rings true with home maintenance. If your HVAC unit is making odd sounds, looks off, or is creating weird smells. Chances are there’s something going on. It’s important to make note of any disruptions to service or fluctuations in normal operations and report them to the professionals. It could be the beginning of a big, dramatic problem or it may only be a $5 job that in 10 years you’ll thank yourself for while turning off the same unit. Another saying that’s appropriate here, “Better safe than sorry.”

There’s nothing in the product manual that gives a definitive date for when your HVAC unit will need to be replaced. Similarly, there’s no definitive way to know what amount any homeowner will have in their bank in the future. Therefore, the importance of routine maintenance to prolong your unit is extremely important. 

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